I never stopped working as an active participant citizen, most directly in my more-than-twenty-year collaboration with Jim Hubbard. Just as the doors were closing on lesbian fiction, Jim and I embarked on The Act Up Oral History Project (www.actuporalhistory.org
). Thank you Jim for your friendship, understanding, and commitment.
Thank you to Meg Wolitzer.
In 2004, I ran into my friend Diamanda Galas, the great composer and performer, at a coffee place in our shared neighborhood. I told her that I had been struggling for many years to publish a
highly engaged novel, and I explained the content and point of view and why they made the book unacceptable. Diamanda told me that she was going to phone a gay male friend of hers who was an editor and tell him–as she memorably put it–“Treat this sister with respect.”
This is how Don Weise, of Carroll and Graf, came to this novel and decided to publish it. Thank you Don and thank you so much, Diamanda.
Gratitude to all my true friends, and you know who you are, especially: KT, Julie, Leslie, Jack and Peter, Nuar, Claudia and John and my godchild Ula, Jackie, Gina, Bina, Rabih, Allison and Amy, Heidi, (Uncle) Bob, Erica and Simon, Kevin and Dodie, my cousins: Marcia, Amotz, Gala, Alon, and Ori, my pals at work, my neighbors, Patrick, Dudley, Jessica, Tayari, Mardi, Michael, Michael and Steve, Alex, Roz, Larry and Scott, Annie, Ronnie, Patty and Cynthia, Yehudit and Tal, Linda and Jana, Gaelle, Genevieve, Susan, Audrey, Alix, Adrian, and my darling the late John Belusso. Thank you for being accountable and for keeping your promises.
Sarah Schulman is the author of eleven books: the novels
People In Trouble
Girls, Visions and Everything
The Sophie Horowitz Story
, the nonfiction works
Stagestruck: Theater, AIDS and the Marketing of Gay America
My American History: Lesbian and Gay Life During the Reagan/Bush Years
, and the play
. She is co-director of the ACT UP Oral History Project. Her awards include a Guggenheim, Fullbright, two American Library Association Book Awards, and she was a Finalist for the Prix de Rome. She lives in New York.
Copyright © 2007 by Sarah Schulman
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This is a work of fiction. Any resemblance of characters to persons either living or deceased is purely coincidental.
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