Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2018-12-05
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

BOOK REVIEW The Ada Decades
by Liz Baudler
2017-08-02

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


By Paula Martinac. $9.99; Bywater Books; 331 pages

As a romance, The Ada Decades fits the "new girl comes to town" category.

In this case, Ada Shook, from rural North Carolina, is the new librarian at her hometown middle school in 1957. Cam Lively, on the other hand, has been teaching there for three years, but has many things she can teach the somewhat sheltered, bookish Ada.

The school is reeling from forced integration and while Cam is clearly on the side of social justice, Ada still needs to shed her old belief systems. Her father kept a photograph of a lynching in his toolbox and while Ada is horrified to find it as a teenager, it's years before she make a definitive stand of her own against local racism, or to even realize she might want to do so.

But Cam is intrigued by quiet local Ada, whistling "Marian the Librarian" in a subtle attempt to woo her, while Ada is oddly curious about Cam, who sparks the same feelings she had for her college chum Natalie. Eventually, it becomes clear at a book club meeting that Cam and her associates are the gay contingent of their small Southern town, and that two women are serious about giving things a try.

What follows is a decades-long romance that sees the two combating censorship, family trauma, and cancer, plus traveling to New York in the '50s to get an idea of what they might have missed by staying down South. They don't always get along, but their bond is clear, and it's heartening to see them try to shift each other's beliefs and the beliefs of those around them.

It's a sweet story that feels simple. There are no grand literary tricks here—just honest writing and history. Martinac does great work in depicting what it might be like to feel like a forgotten second-class citizen both in the '60s as well as more recently. She occasionally makes some unnecessary efforts, shifting into Cam's perspective when the narrative is 90 percent Ada's, but overall it doesn't mar her otherwise solid storytelling. Ada's evolution from timid town girl to strong, thoughtful woman is a delight to observe, and while she isn't the flashiest character to ever stroll across the paper, she—and her partner, Cam—are worth getting to know.


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Historians looking for survey participants 2018-12-05 - Writers/historians Sukie de la Croix and Owen Keehnen are collaborating on an upcoming project, tentatively called "Tell Me About It," and are looking ...


Gay News

A Cradle Song, Part Eight 2018-12-05 - A Cradle Song, written by Mark Zubro and illustrated by W.S. Reed, debuts in the Windy City Times as the new holiday classic. ...


Gay News

She Wants It 2018-12-05 - By Jill Soloway $27; Pegasus Random House; 241 pages Jill Soloway can tell a story. Celebrity memoirs are a dime a dozen, ...


Gay News

Fiction round-up, LGBTQ+ YA fantasy 2018-12-05 - As winter blows into Chicago—and freezing temperatures with it—the temptation to curl up in front of the fire with a good book is ...


Gay News

SHOWBIZ 'Handmaid,' Kristen Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Viola Davis 2018-12-04 - Margaret Atwood is currently writing a sequel to her best-selling dystopian novel The Handmaid's Tale, TheWrap.com noted. Due out in September 2019 from ...


Gay News

SPOTLIGHT on The Book of Merman 2018-12-04 - The Book of Merman: Merman meets Mormons in the musical tale of Missionaries attempting to "save' the legendary Broadway belter. In Flying Elephant's ...


Gay News

Women & Children First Books plans holiday season events 2018-12-04 - The holidays have arrived at Chicago's Only Feminist Bookstore. Care for Real Toy Drive Nov. 30 to Dec. 14 Come support ...


Gay News

The Best Party of Our Lives: Stories of Gay Weddings 2018-12-03 - By Sarah Galvin $18.95; Sasquatch Books; 226 pages Your summer is filling up quickly. It starts with graduations and confirmations. You've ...


Gay News

DignityUSA responds to Pope Francis' new book, excluding gay people 2018-12-03 - Boston, MA, December 3, 2018. DignityUSA, the world's oldest and largest organization of Catholics committed to justice, equality, and full inclusion of LGBTQI ...


Gay News

Howard Brown editors publish 'holistic' resource on TGNC health, aging 2018-11-28 - A new book edited by professionals from Howard Brown Health aims to make information on transgender and gender nonconforming people as they age ...


 



Copyright © 2018 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.