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BOOK REVIEW:
OUTSIDE THE LAVENDER CLOSET
BY MARTHA A. TAYLOR

We hope you enjoy this book review by Mary Z.





Margaret Allen is in a bind. She is attending a writers’ convention in Chicago and needs to show her friends she is working on a book. Like many other people she has wondered what makes a person gay or straight. Is it genetics, environment, a combination of the two, or something else? Ms. Allen decides to interview lesbians to see what their responses are. Using the lives of eight women, she comes up with some intriguing answers.

Martha Taylor uses her character, Margaret Allen, to travel the country and she meets many women with diverse backgrounds, such as: a florist, whose parents tried to “cure” her; a nun turned poet; twins separated at birth and raised in different socio-economic levels; women who have married men; a political activist. Each female’s story is unique, yet underlying all this is the age-old search to find and keep love. Each allows herself to find fulfillment and does not rely on other people’s rules to dictate how they should feel.

This is an interesting, “heart-warm” book filled with real women and their struggles to accept and enjoy who they are as individuals. The one flaw here is the many, many, many typographical and misspelled words – most distracting! However, I would recommend this book to anyone, gay or straight, who wants to understand what it means to be “different” and how to cope. All the women portrayed here have pursued their hopes and dreams and many have finally succeeded. Are we, gay or straight, really all that different? Read this book and decide for yourself.

REVIEWED BY MARY Z.

DO NOT REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE REVIEWER, MARY Z.


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