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Once and Future Lovers Paperback – June 29, 2012
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About the Author
A Milwaukee, Wisconsin native, Sheree L. Greer has been published in Hair Trigger, The Windy City Times, Reservoir, Fictionary, and the Windy City Queer Anthology: Dispatches from the Third Coast. She has performed her work across selected venues in Milwaukee, New York, Miami, Chicago, and Tampa, where she hosts Oral Fixation, the only LGBTQ Open Mic series in Tampa Bay. She received a Union League of Chicago Civic Arts Foundation Award, earned her MFA at Columbia College Chicago, and currently teaches writing and literature at St. Petersburg College. Ms. Greer is an Astraea Lesbian Writers Fund grantee and completed a VONA residency at University of Miami. An excerpt from her novel What Has Never Been Taught appears in Best Lesbian Romance 2012.
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Greer writes with intention and the majority of the stories feel deeply personal. The stories are slathered in authentic, human experiences, whether good or bad. The author digs into her characters to unearth their desires and faults. For me, this is the stuff good short stories are made of.
I particularly enjoyed “Dreaming Woman,” “Baby Girl,” “I Do All My Own Stunts,” and “The Beginning of Something.” “I Do All My Own Stunts” speaks to perseverance and memories; memories glittered with exhilaration and pain, both physical and emotional. The story unfolds through the nameless protagonist’s history with bikes. The story is metaphorical, reminding readers that whenever you fall, dust yourself off and get back up again. The protagonist learned this lesson at the tender of age of four, but in adulthood, resiliency is overshadowed by the intricacies of a romantic relationship.
Greer ventures back in time to introduce Arthur Turner and the Grady sisters in “The Beginning of Something.” Set in the summer of 1953, this story is excerpted from a longer, forthcoming work. If you’ve already read "Lez Talk: A Collection of Black Lesbian Short Fiction," you will recognize Arthur as well as Iris Grady, the youngest of the three sisters. This story introduces us to their earlier days, the moments that unveil their hopes and write their futures. It’s a layered story that touches on many topics— from wanderlust to incest to the Black migration. To eighteen-year-old Iris, Arthur represents adventure and promise. In Iris, Arthur sees possibility. Iris has been waiting for the ticket that will grant escape from the monotony of Wisconsin, and she’s willing to go despite of the consequences.
Like me, you may find this collection too short. I wish it were longer by two or three more stories that include love experiences that dance on the fringes of familial and romantic relationships. Nevertheless, it’s an hour or two of reading time well spent.
[Review originally posted at the Black Lesbian Literary Collective]
I love the unnamed narrator's fearlessness in "I Do All My Own Stunts." Courageous, she faces shadows and taunts and had she balls, maybe sterility, on her mission to ride the bikes she adores, proving her undaunted essence to herself as well as to Rusty and other onlookers. Then her girlfriend, Faida, presents her with a bike, which only needs a chain, she says, but later, the narrator and Faida will require that metaphorical chain, when Faida abandons her, saying she needs a change. Greer's language is beautifully memorable, same as the narrator's love for Faida: "I would see her around the city, everything around her moving quickly, a blur of watercolor, only she was clear to me: her body - modest breasts underneath a plain white t-shirt, no bra, hips that gave life to jeans made to hug them, and her face - skin bright and electric as copper wire, large eyes and wide mouth hungry for experience."
Greer, Sheree L. (2011-05-10). Once and Future Lovers (Kindle Locations 96-98). Kindle Edition.
In "Baby Girl," Greer paints a portrait of Toya, "Mama's baby, Daddy's maybe," a young woman whose father hasn't called on her birthday since her parents divorced. One evening at a bar, Toya receives a call. It's Petra...with news that doesn't leave Toya reeling immediately. But, later, when the couple parts, two simple words, "baby girl," take on a wholly different meaning.
Sheree is a master of language! And a mistress of the masterful manipulation of time. She blows the breath of life across the page and I'm no longer in the familiar confines of a story that rings of any neighborhood I know. In the space of a finger pop, just like that...Greer places me beside a tall kapok tree, with its yellow blossoms, and on "the summer wind is the smell of fresh fish and ripening breadfruit" and I am, like Naomi, quietly taking in the heart-stopping Rachel, who is poised on a sandy bank of a stream, stroking herself in a silent revelry. Greer's opening sentences stop me, demand my complete curiosity: "The thing wasn't that she couldn't look away. It was that she didn't want to." I want to know...why doesn't she wish to look away...and was her looking an abomination?
There is no doubt in my mind the short fiction here will leave readers enthralled, charmed. Additionally, the two novels-in-progress will bring readers to any fictional table Sheree L. Greer sets and they will not stop feasting until their appetite for her has been sated! "Summer 1953: The Beginning of Something" has me pheening for Arthur and Iris Grady! The dialect they speak seeps into your pores and you breathe what they see, who they love and you definitely dream the passions close to their hearts. Both Arthur and Iris are hilarious and enigmatic! All I want, without giving the story away, is for Sheree to finish this novel and publish it---I don't care what platform she uses!
In "Dreaming Woman," the last story, an excerpt from WHEN IN ROME, another novel-in-progress, a young woman learns that caring for her aged grandmother, Mama Iris, begins as a chore and flows into a lesson of love. While washing her beloved's stained gown, the warm water radiating heat up her arms, the girl peers into the bathroom mirror and in the frame behind her is Daryan, with skin the color of simmering molasses and lips that delicately hike the narrator's pressure. Desire dances effortlessly.
I am patiently awaiting the lifted conductor's wand of Greer's pen.
There was one short piece that I didn't exactly prefer but I can admit that the only reason for my feeling has to be a result of my expecting the entire collection to be either lesbian or asexual. The story I am referring to was the showing of a scene between a man and woman, seeping into the layers of what it's like to be romantically involved in an interracial relationship. Still, though that story's content was heterosexual, I must give this collection the five stars it deserves because the piece like all the others was a complete movement that touched on the most basic human emotions having to do with our desire deep and shallow - wanting to be accepted as who we are, wanting to love, wanting to be loved wanting always more from all these moments that are supposed to be perfect as they are.
How nice it is to read contemporary fiction that is engaging, witty, emotionally charged and thoughtful!