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A Letter To Harvey Milk (Short Stories)
University of Wisconsin Press, 2004

This compilation of nine short stories is a sensitive and revealing journey into the experience of being a Jew and a lesbian. Mother/daughter relationships, issues between Jewish and Gentile lovers, anti- semitism, the Holocaust, and a Shabbos dinner dyke style, complete with miso matzo ball soup--nu, what more could a reader want? The title story, "A Letter to Harvey Milk" was the Second Place Finalist in the 1987 Raymond Carver Short Story Competition.


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Bookcover Best Short Stories of Lesléa Newman
Alyson Publications, 2003

Best Short Stories of Lesléa Newman span the years 1988-2002, during which time she wrote six volumes of short stories: A Letter to Harvey Milk, Secrets, Every Woman's Dream, Out of the Closet and Nothing to Wear, Girls Will Be Girls, and She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not.

The stories cover a dazzling array of themes pertaining to contemporary lesbian life including long term relationships, one night stands, family of origin angst, motherhood, friendships with gay men, AIDS, breast cancer, bisexuality, aging, and loss. Many of these stories explore Jewish identity as well.
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She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not
Alyson Publications, April 2002

She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not is a collection of Lesléa Newman's fiction at its finest. In "A Stone's Throw," two butch buddies become more than buddies, though neither of them will admit it. In "Mothers of Invention" a couple in which one woman wants a child and the other doesn't, learn the true meaning of commitment and compromise.

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In "Private Lessons," an older college student who has never been with a woman before lets herself be seduced by her female English professor. And a straight woman-at least she thinks she's straight-discovers a shocking fact about her "boyfriend" in "Girls Will be Boys." She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not explores love, gender, sexual attraction, bodies and boundaries with humor, insight and heart.
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Just Like a Woman, An Audiobook, Fluid Words, October 2001
Lesléa in the recording studio
Lesléa in the recording studio
Photo © 2001 Geoff Schackert
As soon as Lesléa Newman began giving public readings of her work in 1985, people started asking her when she was going to record an audiobook. And so, here it is at last: Just Like a Woman, a collection of Lesléa Newman's finest short stories, read by the author herself. This compilation, which spans fifteen years of work, features the artist's signature pieces.
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Girls Will Be Girls (Short Stories) - Consortium Book Sales & Distribution, January 2000

This long-awaited short fiction collection contains a variety of voices. "Family is Family" is narrated by a distraught Jewish mother at a PFLAG meeting; "Eggs McMenopause" is told in the voice of a butch in the throes of a mid-life crisis.

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"Whatever Happened to Baby Fane" explores the friendship of a lesbian and a gay man living with AIDS; "Homo Alone" concerns itself with a lesbian visiting her parents for the first time after her girlfriend leaves her for a man. "Girls Will Be Girls" is a novella told in three voices: Gwen, a therapist; Didi, Gwen's girlfriend; and Nicki, Gwen's client and the woman Didi is having an affair with. All the stories in the collection are told with the same heart and wit Lesléa Newman has become famous for.
 
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Bookcover Every Woman's Dream (Short Stories)
New Victoria Publishers, 1994

This much anticipated collection features 28 brand new short stories. Meet Dolly Grip, a movie star wanna-be; Claudia, a newly out dyke with all the social skills of a fried eggplant; Anthony Scarnici, who craves chocolate egg creams as much as he craves men; the beautiful Lilly Valentine; the sex-craved Lilith and a host of other unforgettable characters. Titles include, "How To Make Your Lover Miss You," "The Flirt," "Still Life with Woman and Apple," and "Around the World in Eighty Dykes."

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Secrets (Short Stories)
New Victoria Publishers, 1990

Eleven short stories about the lives of lesbians, told in a variety of voices including the daughter of a lesbian couple, a stone butch about to be flipped, and an angry dyke whose lover has just gone straight. Each story has a secret, which, whether revealed or kept, influences the characters' lives. Titles include "Right Off the Bat," "The Dating Game," and "One Night in the Middle of My Lover's Arms."

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