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“This extraordinary book encompasses and embraces the complexities of 20th and 21st Century post-nuclear family realities. Lillibridge generally refers to the real-life characters of this psycho-drama as Girl, Mother, Stepmother, Father, and Brother, which makes the story read like a remarkable post-modern fairy tale. This book is absolutely of its time, adding to and illuminating a Zeitgeist that cannot, and will not, be turned back. The enduring need that ties together this new reality to old is this: How do we find ways to love each other? Real love is not without ambivalence, and that is true here. This is the great strength of Girlish, a compelling memoir for our time. ”
—Sue William Silverman, author of True Confessions, Lovesick, and The Pat Boone Fan Club: My Life as a White Anglo-Saxon Jew

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My Various Entry Points into THE ONES WE CHOOSE

Tue May 08 2018

A good story allows the reader to enter it from multiple vantage points. THE ONES WE CHOOSE is not just a good story, but an amazing story that will linger long after you put it down. It is truly one of my favorite books of the year, maybe because I engaged with the book on multiple levels. View at thedebutanteball »

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Self Promotion—Awkward Yet Necessary

Tue May 01 2018

I desperately want that one reader who has never seen anything resembling his or her family in a book to find Girlish and feel a little less alone in the world. And they will never find it without promotion. View at thedebutanteball »

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How Racial Profiling and Stereotypes Work

Tue Apr 24 2018

Romaine lettuce wants to kill us, or at least make us sick. Maybe it’s not the fault of the lettuce itself—in terms of nature v. nurture it’s toxicity is definitely a result of the way it was raised.  Probably.  Read more »

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Writing Programs, MFAs, and What to do if You Can’t Afford Any of Them

Tue Apr 24 2018

When I started writing in a serious, dedicated way, I had 95 undergrad credits and three active student loans. I didn’t have a bachelor’s degree or an MFA and had never been to a writers’ workshop, but I believed in my stories. View at thedebutanteball »

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Happy Birthday, FROM UNSEEN FIRE!

Tue Apr 17 2018

I am so excited about Cass Morris’s release of FROM UNSEEN FIRE! I haven’t read a ton of historical fantasy, but good writing knows no genre. View at thedebutanteball »

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Why Can’t The Kids Sleep In Their Clothes?

Mon Apr 16 2018

I see no reason why I can’t bask in the care-free freedom that dressing my children at night affords me, at least until they hit puberty and get stinky. View at modernparentsmessykids »

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Let's Talk About The Diminished

Thu Apr 12 2018

It's the book release of THE DIMINISHED, one of my favorite YA Fantasy novels. View at thedebutanteball »

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On Microagressions: Did You Ever Think You Were a Lesbian Like Your Mom?

Sun Apr 08 2018

Starting in high school, I’ve been asked variations on this question my whole life — mostly by men. I do understand people’s natural curiosity, but there are so many problems with this question that I have to write a whole post about it. View at medium »

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On the Queer Women Who Raised Me

Sat Apr 07 2018

Read an excerpt from Girlish in The Advocate. View at advocate »

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It's My Release Day!

Tue Apr 03 2018

That’s why I wrote the book. Not for my parents, not for good reviews or sales, but for another daughter with a lesbian mother who’s never seen anything close to her family on the page before. View at thedebutanteball »

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Beyond Revision—Weirding Up Your Writing

Tue Apr 03 2018

What do you do when you’ve written and rewritten a piece, and it still falls flat? Some approaches to re-vision an essay that is refusing to cooperate. View at booksbywomen »

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Salon Magazine Excerpt: Growing up in a Lesbian Home

Mon Apr 02 2018

Read a few "Notes from the 4th Wall" from Girlish View at salon »

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