Scars that Normative Whiteness and Heterosexism Produce: Black Lesbian Experience and Rural Geographies of New England

So excited! My new book is ready for pre-order.  The novel focuses on 18 year old Savannah Sales, an African American closeted lesbian who is growing up in rural white New England. Through her character and the relationships she has with others, I explore: internalized racism, normatie whiteness, internalized homophobia, racialized-sexualized violence, connections that food/consumption has to ‘liberation’, and the search for self-love. Her best friend is vegan and encourages Savannah to rethink her sense of justice by pointing out Savannah’s carnicentric and pro-corporate-capitalist consumption habits. This novel is based on my personal experiences growing up in New England and my award winning Dartmouth College thesis research (1998) that focused on black feminism, queer theory, and rural geographies. .

Black Coffee Press publishers took the project and I have a ‘real’ cover design for it and real editors…. it’s even going to be available on Kindle. Go me! The artwork was specially designed by the brilliant Sarah Dorsey whose art encapsulates pushing the boundaries when it comes to ‘mainstream’ ideas about gender and sexuality. Her art reminds me of  a fusion of bell hooks, Octavia Butler, and Donna Haraway on a canvas.

This novel good for all ages past 18, but in particular, 18-23 year olds. Could be great reading material for college courses focused on sexuality, rural geographies, queer theory, women and gender studies, and Black Studies. It is rare that I find novels exploring the ‘black experience’ that is not in an urban setting and not heteronormative. When I have read about the ‘black experience’ within a Northeast USA context, it always takes place in a city. Scars explores this in rural and white environment.

If you would like to pre-order this book, you can click on the image below or above. Kindle is not yet ready for pre-order, but it should be shortly.

0 thoughts on “Scars that Normative Whiteness and Heterosexism Produce: Black Lesbian Experience and Rural Geographies of New England

  1. Congratulations! Perhaps making this available in indie bookstores is also a great idea, you know, to balance out the Amazon/kindle corporate thing.

    Places like Alexander book store, Marcus bookstores in particular….

  2. Hello! I just stumbled on your website and I would love to get my hands on a copy of your book! I work in a bookstore in California that has an Espresso Book Machine ( and I am wondering if you’re planning on making this title available in the public domain or on EspressNet? (The link should have good information on the process, but let me know if you have any questions about it.)

    Congrats on your book, by the way!

  3. Breeze, your work in Scars sounds thought-provoking and I’m glad to know that you are writing about those experiences. I just tried the amazon link and it says its unavailable. Is there a way to purchase a copy directly from you? Best wishes!

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