~ Book Review by Ulysses
I’m giving Viktor Alexander four stars for “Raising Shawna” for a number of reasons.
He has characters who are black, white, mixed-race, straight, gay, transgender. He deals with all of this with compassion and sensitivity. He lets these people love each other and makes us love them all.
He realizes that not all of America is friendly to gay people or people of color. He places his novel in Pensacola, Florida, one of these unfriendly places. Gay folk live in places like these, as hard as it may be for some of us to imagine. We need to read about them and their lives outside of New York, San Francisco, LA and Chicago (much as I love all those places)...
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