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"In its exploration of a daring subject boldly shared I think [the novel] has immense value. It enables us to see and understand, perhaps for the first time, the choices certain women have made about how they will live their lives, and allows us glimpses at physical intimacies between women that have been, in the past, deliberately ridiculed or obscured. . . This book was obviously written out of an earnest passion that its subject be fully acknowledged as existing. It offers the reader an opportunity to develop a new way of seeing and caring." ―Alice Walker, Ms.

About the Author

Ann Allen Shockley is Associate Librarian for Special Collections and University Archivist at Fisk University. Her previous works include The Black and the White of It, a collection of short stories, and Say Jesus and Come to Me, a novel. She is also the editor of Afro-American Women Writers, 1746-1933: An Anthology and Critical Guide; Living Black American Authors: A Biographical Directory; and Handbook of Black Librarianship. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee. Alycee Lane is Assistant Professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has written extensively on the depiction of lesbians and gays in African American literature.

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Product Details

  • Series: Northeastern Library of Black Literature
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Northeastern (October 30, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555533299
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555533298
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #913,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Miss T on July 14, 2005
Format: Paperback
For the time it was published (1974) Loving her was well ahead of its time. The book is as all encompassing as it could be. While not a sexually explicit or edgy book, it is pretty racy. The author explores the interracial relationship between Renay and Terri. Loving Her also explores the coming out of a black lesbian in the 1960's. Moreover, Renay was a black mother taking her child to live with her white lover. Pretty controversial stuff. As another reviewer mentioned to have a black protagonist, a lesbian one at that, was ground breaking. To this day, there are very few (if any) other bw/ww lesbian romance novels or lesbian novels that feature a black female lead. In that respect Loving Her is an extremely valuable piece of literature for the LGBT community.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 18, 2004
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Although far from perfect, "Loving Her," is indeed a ground-breaking novel...something the other reviewer doesn't seem to grasp. First published in 1974, "Loving Her" is one of the first novels to feature a black lesbian as its primary character. Shockley captures the cruelly mundane, and completely pedestrian reality of american gender politics of 50's and 60's. Given all the Shockley undertook in this novel, I think she can be forgiven for not doing ground-breaking work on inter-racial lesbian relationships.
Not the greatest piece of literature ever written, but a classic, indeed.
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I wish there was more to read by this author as I enjoyed this novel tremendously. The realistic prose is perfect for the story and one paragraph flowed into another. I didn't want the story to end. I'd like to call this a romance because it is romantic but it is so much more.

The main character, Renay, is so strong when it is so easy to be weak, she has my total admiration. She finds a chance at changing her life for the better and grabs at it. The characters are truly likable and human. They make mistakes and feel pain. They find happiness and you feel their joy. I loved watching the relationship between Renay who is black and Terry who is white develop, grow and change.

Just like any relationship the reader could not predict how they would develop. The dialogue is wonderfully written and left me racing from page to page. It didn't put it down until I finished it.

I would love to have more books exploring the dynamics of a mixed couple romance.

Don't miss this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie S. Marsh on February 26, 2015
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Alycee Lane's forward in this book should have been its afterward. In doing an academic critique of various elements of the book from the perspective of black/white history in the 60's and 70's, she describes the entire plot of the book. This is a novel and I don't choose to know the entirety of what a book's about at its beginning. And speaking as one who had been in a heterosexual marriage for 15 years before falling in love with a woman, an issue that was never dealt with in the book was the protagonist's grappling with her own changed identity from heterosexual to homosexual. This has been a major issue for most women in this situation, as I understand it. Characters are well drawn and the plot does move readers rapidly through it. A great first effort for this author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jackie Williams on March 3, 2015
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I love everything about this book! I was so torn in the need to keep reading and not wanting anything bad to happen! Bad things did happen, but oh there were so many good things too! Ms Shockley's writing flowed so smoothly. She was able to capture so much in the emotions of the characters. I highly recommend this book, you are continually on the edge of your seat! Great read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BLUE FISH on May 11, 2014
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How a woman embarks down the road of marriage to a man who rapes and is abusive towards her, then after 20 years of going through the motions of life fate steps in and she realize she is a lesbian. This is a poignant story and one of a first with a lesbian theme from Africa.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W. Glass on February 2, 2011
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I think it speaks volumes that NONE of this author's works are available in Kindle format. Shockley has firmly placed herself in a rare place; namely African American lesbian literature. I too wish there were more works by this author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By heather on April 3, 2014
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Loving Her might have been a better story if it was written better. I enjoyed the story.This book was written back in 1974 which was ahead of its time. If this book was rewritten it would be a far better and more enjoyable book to read.
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