Through The Eyes of Women: Love Letter To Lesbian History Of The Not So Distant Past

Jun 12, 2017

Author Paula Martinac

 Set in North Carolina during the turbulent Civil Rights Era, The Ada Decades is a lesbian feminist historical novel spanning 70 years with 11 interconnected stories about the life of Ada Jane Shook. Author Paula Martinac calls her new book a historical novel-in-stories which chronicles the life of a school librarian who encounters segregation, the paradox of religion and her true love, Camillia Lively, during the Pre-Stonewall south.

Ada is a 1st Amendment-wielding school librarian, and as a girl from a Carolina mill family is 12 years old in 1947 when she finds a secret photograph that has a profound impact on her life. Paula Martinac tells the adventures of a principled, compassionate, resilient lesbian living amidst racial tensions and social & political repression. Paula Martinac is a Lambda Award winning novelist. She has published 3 non-fiction books on lesbian and gay culture & politics as well as numerous essays, short stories and articles. Paula is also a playwright and currently teaches creative writing at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte.

The Ada Decades, by Paula Martinac

A favorite quote of the author comes from Eleanor Roosevelt: ” with the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.”

Other works by Paula Martinac include:  Her first novel, OUT OF TIME, won the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian fiction THE QUEEREST PLACES: A NATIONAL GUIDE TO GAY & LESBIAN HISTORIC SITES (Paula is a trained historian and served as advisor to the National Park Services LGBT Heritage Initiative) LESBIAN AND GAY BOOK OF LOVE & MARRIAGE 

This originally appeared at the Through The Eyes of Women blog.

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