"This was the July 2008 selection and was the local author selection, being that our group meets in the Boston Area. It was received with a mediocre rating, but all agreed it was worth the read. Discussion flowed well."
"The September 2008 selection, This was the smallest turn-out, but discussion was good. Possibly the religious references in the book turned some of our members away. Too bad, because Dillard is a great read."
"This was the final read of the 2008 year (November), Traveling through the world of age, youthfulness, envy, intrigue, lust, and forbidden pleasure, it's a great read. It was well received by the group and the different introductions and supplemental reading in various editions added new dimensions and sparked a desire to re-read the book."
"April 2009 read. Including a discussion about the local rape crisis services was a small topic, issues of race and minority populations and cultural sensitivity from urban to rural settings were brought-up and discussed."
"August 2009 read. Not well received by most club members, this book was still culturally interesting, yet seemed to be far too impregnated with the feminist points of view for some of the readers' likings."
"October 2009 read. A longer read than usually selected, but inspiring a good deal of discussion. There were many threads never finished in the book, or parts later that didn't match with earlier descriptions or pieces of the story. It was well recieved as a read for something new, but didn't spark a strong desire to read more of the author's works."
"June 2010 read. Mixed reviews, with some lovers and some not so in love, but all in all a good read. Some participants were put off by the transgender themes and gender themes and ideas in general presented in the book."
"The January 2011 read. This book was requested and dealt with a local historical tragedy so was received well by the group. Discussion was lively and there were a lot of historical references and modern parallels presented. Many group members reminisced about an older Boston and the cultural enclaves that still show influence on the area and politics."
"March 2011 read. This was a dip back to a classic and an attempt at reading a piece that incorporated a play within the text. It was recieved with mediocre review from the members, but is a classic writer in gay history."