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Bliss Paperback – September 16, 2016
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I did not know that this little lesbian community in Jamaica existed but I did hear about the brutality of the gays in Jamaica. That part of the story was overwhelming and sad.
We love who we love. I think this author has a precious gift. She is a poet.. a lover of words and absolutely skillful. When I read this story I discovered the many ways lesbian make love. I heard myself saying wow a lot. I have to say I was thoroughly educated. Keep them coming..
I loved "Hungry for It" and really liked the preceding novel to it, "Taste of Sin" but this one (one of her first I think), it has a certain level of maturity that I felt the others lacked. Can't really explain it; maybe because both main characters work full-time jobs, maybe it's their ages. But the dialog was so mature and witty. Sexy as hell to me. Additionally, I loved the setting! I can relate to it.
Great character development. Fell in love with Hunter. I think we all did though. I liked Sinclair's dad too. Too often we get the non-existent, ghost of a male, in these novels. I also love that the black women in her novels are BLACK. Not black women trying to be white. I can't fully explain what I mean without getting into an essay but I think Ms. Zedde is aware of this in the black culture and is trying to find a balance. This is good.
It's hard for me to find books that I can relate to on all levels. I'm encouraged when I can read about an intelligent black woman being successful, loving herself and falling in love with another intelligent black woman.
Overall a 5/5 and definitely my favorite black lesbian novel at the moment. Those steamy love/sex scenes were epic too. Its worth it.
Fiona Zedde has stirred a savory blend of words in the steamy, literary pot that is her laptop and served up hypnotic scenes worthy of writing workshops. Like other reviewers here, I was swept away with her descriptions of weather, people, places, emotions, and lovemaking. Even the two violent scenes yanked me up out of my comfort zone, and placed me there, battling to survive beside Sinclair and Hunter as they rolled with two young gay-bashing white men in the hills of Jamaica and exchanged fighting words in the altercation in the street with the young black Jamaicans. One could smell the fight, inhale the strength Lydia and the others exuded.
And if a writer ever wanted to sharpen her pen on an erotic story, all she would have to do is open BLISS and observe the many ways to describe the gift that is lovemaking. Congratulations, Fiona. Ms. Toni and several others here were on point to pronounce you a leading African-American writer. You have opened a long-shut door and danced out to sit upon the top shelf of gay and lesbian fiction. However, I'd like to drop labels, momentarily, and say, to me, you are a gifted writer who has taken her place amongst other evocative voices in contemporary American fiction.
Since I enjoyed reading all of the reviews here, I would be remiss not to address the reviews I felt warranted specific feedback. One reviewer commented on the number of gays in the novel and in Sinclair's family. It seemed a queue of straight characters went invisible, like Nikki, Victor, the Breckenridges, the black and white gay bashers, most of Hunter's family, Gram and Yuen, etc. To the heterosexual eye, a book with a cast of leading lesbian characters is perhaps strange, thus the comment. It is much like a lesbian reading a book with leading heterosexual characters, then commenting, "It's odd, but almost everyone in this novel is straight!" Next time, just enjoy what is.
And to the disappointed reviewer whose friend told her the book was about a woman's exploration and self discovery. Your friend didn't fabricate; the novel is about exploration and self discovery. Could your disagreement with the novel stem from Sinclair exploring the minefield of lesbianism and not making her way back to Yuen and the familiarity of heterosexuality?
A stunning performance, Fiona, and to my fellow readers and writers, "Let's keep doing our thing...whatever that might be!"
Cheers and hugs and love,
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