tammy lynne stoner's SUGAR LAND w/ Jamie Yourdon
tammy lynne stoner in conversation with Jamie Yourdon!
It’s 1923 and 19-year-old Dara falls in love with her best friend, who happens to be a girl. To avoid a bleak, terrifying future in their small town, Dara takes a job in the kitchen at Imperial State Prison Farm for men. There she meets real life blues singer Lead Belly, who sings his way to a pardon from the Governor (true story)—but only after he makes her promise to follow his lead.
Life outside, however, isn’t all sweet tea and roses. After Dara’s ordinary domestic life falls apart and she gains so much weight she can barely wash herself, she is sent on a journey to accept the secret she’s been carrying. Along the way Dara reunites with her estranged step-daughters, buys a mobile home that she dubs the “Bland Old Opry,” and—to the chagrin of some in her small Texas town—falls in love with the local seamstress, a fellow widower and devotee of Bingo, Mrs. Tanya May Rogerton.
SUGAR LAND is the triumphant, southern fried story of a wise and feisty lesbian, Nana Dara, who breaks out of her own physical and emotional prison to become the fabulous matriarch to a family of Texas misfits.
tammy lynne stoner was born in Midland, Texas. Since then she has written oodles of things. Some have been published and some have been burned. SUGAR LAND is her debut novel. She is also the Publisher of Gertrude and wrangler of GERTIE queer book club.
tammy (who prefers a lower case name, but gets confused when her name starts a sentence) attended the Tin House Workshop twice, earned her MFA from Antioch University on partial merit scholarship, is a winner of a fellowship to the 2012 SLS Summer Seminar in Kenya, and loser of a Million Writers Award. For more information, visit her website: http://www.tammylynnestoner.com/
Jamie Yourdon, a freelance editor and technical expert, received his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. His short fiction has appeared in the Alaska Quarterly Review, Underneath the Juniper Tree, and Chicago Literati, and he has contributed essays and interviews to Booktrib. He is the author of Froelich's Ladder (Forest Avenue, August 2016). He lives in Portland, Oregon.
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