The first lesbian book I ever read was Nancy Garden's unparalleled Annie On My Mind and it was like seeing sunlight after days of gray. Fellow Chicagoans will know this feeling, we who spend months in a kind of illuminated grayscale: it's never quite dismal enough to make you miserable, but certainly not bright enough to warrant joy. I was fourteen and it was the summer before high school and our library was under construction. They'd moved the collection in its entirety to a former grocery store, and it was there, beneath buzzing, flickering lights, sat cross-legged on ripped linoleum in a too-narrow aisle, propping the book up on a spare shelf, that I read it. It was the only book in the world, at least to my knowledge from the limited scope of our card catalog, that featured a pair of young girls who were in love with each other.
Hi! My name is A. So, you think your teenage life is complicated? Imagine spending everyday in a different person’s body. Imagine everyday having different parents, different teachers, different siblings, different love interests. That is my life.
In this new series, writer Andrea Felber Seligman contributes novel spotlights written from the first-person perspective of one of the book's central characters. Read the book? Let us know in the comments! - Ed.
I AM REGIS HASTUR, heir to the Comyn and the Seven Domains of Darkover, and I want nothing to do with that exalted heritage. I wish to travel and see the stars and the worlds beyond as the Terrans do. But duty binds me here to Comyn: to serve in the guards and prepare to be the next Regent to the royal line.