- Paperback: 262 pages
- Publisher: Kwill Books; 3rd edition (January 18, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 8494614916
- ISBN-13: 978-8494614910
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 34 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,111,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bully Paperback – January 18, 2015
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About the Author
Emme Dun has been a lawyer for 23 years working in both the private and public sectors including clerking for a trial court judge. While in law school, Emme served as the president of the LGBT student group and had her student note published in the law journal. Bully is her first novel.
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Top customer reviews
The story itself here is pretty good, but the amount of backstory the author gives on some characters is almost overwhelming. When I read the description of the book I saw the Lisa and Windy were going to be our two main characters. Truth be told, these two don't show up until close to a quarter of the novel is over. Once we get to that point, then the synopsis of the book actually takes hold, but before that there was wave upon wave of the history of the community. While I feel that the history is useful for the reader in this case, I also feel the author may want to either find a way to be more concise in her writing or take a little time to revisit the synopsis so the reader doesn't feel as lost during the first 4-5 chapters of the book. The novel was well edited and did flow well once the narrative took hold.
Emme has written a novel that is so based on fact that it likely will in the long run be considered an historical novel. As she wisely places in her Foreword the following statement of fact has a centerpiece position in the development of her very strong characters: ‘On June 26, 2015, five justices on the United State Supreme Court, a majority, ruled that, “same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry. No longer may this liberty be denied to them.” It has been said, “In a world without law, you have chaos, oppression and tyranny and everyone doing what is right in their own eyes.”
One (of the many) refreshing aspect of BULLY is the presence of strong backstories for each character in the novel, being with the Law Professor Deborah McDonald, or “Deb” to her colleagues and “Professor Mac” to her students, her relationship to Diane, her husband Michael (‘Deb had been married for five years to an extraordinarily nice man she had met in college, but that was it. They had no passion, no fun, and very little sex’), her divorced friend Michael Crawford who happens to be gay and positive for HIV and whose daughter is in Deb’s class…..etc. Nearly all the issues of being gay, the plague, the politics of the coming of age of the LGBT movement, same sex marriage and child rearing are all melded into this very powerful story.
The synopsis: ‘When Wendy meets Windy they quickly fall for each other, despite Wendy’s plans for a baby. But when Windy reveals herself to be a deadbeat, Wendy breaks it off, only to be horrified to find Windy has filed for custody of Wendy’s own daughter to fatal effect… Bully discusses the legal and emotional issues faced by single parents in the LGBT community in the early 2000s directly following the Bush administration and 9/11.’ Many such character stories explore the experiences of gay and lesbian adults and the effect of their sexuality on friends, family, politics, life, and death.
Written with authority and a fine sense of insight and even humor, Emme Dun steps center stage in this very fine novel that should be read by a very large audience. Brava! Grady Harp, May 16
It’s clear on every page that Dun is a practicing attorney with years of experiences. In fact, I found her dialogue most powerful and evocative when her characters spoke about the law and its impact on our everyday lives. Dun plays to her strengths and writes an engaging story that should appeal to anyone interested in family, the law, and the LGBT community. While the writing can at times be slow and some of the transitions awkward, Dun’s debut novel is a thought-provoking and inspiring read.
The book is educational as it talks about the subject not known to everyone. There are excellent details provided at the beginning to create a detailed but an adequate context to the story. The plot slowing picks up the pace unfolding the struggle of the characters and highlighting the debasement of gay and lesbian couples. Though the setting of the book is from 1980 and since then the legal system has changed and society is more open to the subject, but makes me wonder if the change has really propagated across all levels? Has enough been done?