BLUE CORN WOMAN is a lesbian novel that cries for the blind raven, a story of handicap, abandonment and revival.
BLUE CORN WOMAN animates the desert lesbians in the rugged Superstition Mountains of Arizona where the character Blue Corn Woman operates her trading post to feed her and her two wolfdogs, Peyote Two Buttons and Kachina Four Corners.
Played out in a seductive game of Desert Monopoly with life-size tokens of affection, Blue Corn Woman must pay attention to their contents to understand her journey. Her one-night stand with a mysterious Latino woman named Valentina Harmony posing as a sassy cowgirl who rides off at sunrise with her secrets tucked under her saddle spurs Blue Corn Woman to search for Ms. Harmony.
Blue Corn Woman adopts a half-breed Navajo/Mexican orphan boy with fetal alcohol syndrome after she heals him from being lashed by the local gang.
BLUE CORN WOMAN is carved feminist/lesbian spirituality, a Kachina doll symbolizing two women who choose to share one blanket through life on a journey of reviving a pottery hermitage started in the 1960's by Ms. Harmony's grandmother, a homeless gypsy woman.
Women have began showing up to work the clay. The retirement-age group of women can't live on their social security benefits, so they are looking for ways to supplement their income. At Mother Clay, her earning power depends on her mood. Nothing is regimented and there are no time clocks to punch. The clay days are based on the old calendar.
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LORAINE LEATHERBOW: THE HOUSE OF SPLEEN has been written with a strong leaning toward the fate of the modern-day coyote, running the gamut of interracial partnerships, past and present, to the cultivation of the yam and the spiritual ties that bind cultures through shamanism and voodoo.
The many elements and ideas in this novel, like all of my novels are the things that are important to me, where my beliefs lie in the words, coming from the beautiful grains of pink-tinted sand dug from deep places from within. What a lap full of proverb cloth this novel will make; "Take the bitter with the sweet...and call it good." (Sage Sweetwater)
LORAINE LEATHERBOW: THE HOUSE OF SPLEEN is a feminist/lesbian novel bent on the spiritual magic of voodoo. The yam is one-fourth of the novel's taproot... planted, harvested, and prepared with old-world simplicity.
Some say she's a medicine woman and some say she's a zombie priestess born out of Africa's Slave Coast. The truth is she's somewhere in between the bring-down-the-house soul sing and the buckskin skirt oar traveler. Loraine Leatherbow is a middle-aged lesbian woman mixed of shackle and scalp heritage. Her African-Negro mother's people were slaves given asylum by her father's Native American people. She's tall, light-dark, and handsome. Her skin is a bronzed cocoa with a copper cast primer undercoat, told that she does not fit the stereotypical rotund shape or blackness of a voodoo priestess.
Loraine uses a pig spleen to cleanse spirit, field, and stable, removing evil infestations, curing sick animals and hushing womens' scrambled minds.
She is the coyote whisperer who communicates with the coyotes telepathically when they are missing from the village, freeing them from traps and cross-hairs with her voodoo.
Originally from New Orleans, she meets young Jolie at Mardi Gras, seduces her with powder from the dried flesh of the hummingbird, then follows young Jolie who is a proud lesbian yam farmer who lives in Arizona.
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