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A Return to Arms

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  17 reviews
When Toya meets Folami and joins the activist collective RiseUP!, she thinks she’s found her life’s purpose. Folami’s sensuality and her passion for social justice leave Toya feeling that, at last, she’s met someone she can share all parts of her life with. But when a controversial police shooting blurs the lines between the personal and the political, Toya is forced to ex ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published March 15th 2016 by Bold Strokes Books
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This book punched me in the stomach and left me wrecked for days, and I can't recommend it enough. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, it explores how the personal is political in and out of the bedroom. It also examining the intersection of race, gender and sexuality and how not all axes are treated equally in political movements.

This is exactly the kind of book that lesfic has needed for a long time, and we need more like it.

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Sky Brown
This book was great. Really great. And interesting. I was captured throughout the book. It was seriously well written.

I felt like I connected to the characters so much. I live in South Africa and we have strikes all the time for everything and I have been to strikes before but they are not as hectic as it was in the book.

This book really touched me.
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Read it NOW!!!✊
My review on Prism Book Alliance

I won’t pretend that I have any clue what it is like to be a person of colour, neither in the US, nor in Germany, where I live, nor any other place. I don’t. I can’t even imagine.

I picked this up because always talking about wanting more diversity and diverse books and then not reading them or books by POC authors is really not okay. Someone has to start somewhere. So I do.

It doesn’t matter that I can’t fully relate to the events or completely understand what and
Mar 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was very excited to read this book. There was a lot of buzz on my tweet stream about it and the author’s writing so I read it right away.

This is a pretty powerful book and it’s not a light read, although there are moments of love and brightness that shine through.

I’ve thought for quite a while on how to review this book, or even if I could. It doesn’t really fit a genre mold; it’s definitely lesbian fiction, but it’s more than that. It’s also about current events happening in the US that are
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I picked this up thinking it was a romance, and it decidedly is NOT. However, it’s a very good book and one that challenged my thinking in important ways. It’s a look inside a movement of Black activists fighting for change, and the ways in which they disagree about what their mission is and who the movement is supposed to uplift. Toya is a lesbian who joins the RiseUP! collective to oppose police violence towards Black people, and while she finds a connection with fellow activist Folami, she’s ...more
This book isn't your typical romance novel.

It is a book about two people that figure out who they are and how they want to raise awareness about the racial issues that is ever present in their everyday lives. While figuring out what they want to be and mean to each other.

In ways a powerful book that makes you think by this first time author for me
Oct 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The only thing I have to say for now is: why, Sheree, whyyy?
Adrien Julious
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Possible SPOILER ALERT.

A Return to Arms is the story of Toya a black lesbian activist trying to navigate her way through both life and the passages of the Black Lives Matter movement. Her life is a daily struggle of a young person trying to convince the rest of America that Black Lives Matter while attempting to convince the Organization, Rise Up of which she is an active member, that ALL Black Lives Matter. That women, qu
Carmen Slaughter
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I received a galley of this book. I was intrigued by the synopsis because it focuses on so many important issues. I decided to read the first chapter. I didn't stop reading until I got to the last page and WOW. The ending begs for a sequel but I wouldn't be disappointed if there's not one because it is impactful and realistic. I will be reading more of this author's work. ...more
Krystal Smith
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I had the pleasure of receiving an advanced reader copy (ARC) of Return to Arms in exchange for a review. I’m glad I got a chance to read this book. Sheree L. Greer is an amazing author who doesn’t shy away from hard discussions or difficult topics. Her debut novel Let the Lover be touched on alcoholism and self destruction, the delicate nature of relationships we have with others and ourselves.

Return to Arms is no different. The very difficult topic of racial injustice, black people being kill

L. Cherelle
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I’ve always felt that a sign of a good read is one that elicits emotions in the reader. There were several times when I teetered between anger and delight as I read A Return to Arms. The character, Kanaan, brought up (past) anger because I’ve encountered men like him—particularly in social circles aimed at Black audiences and social awareness. My delight stems from a deep appreciation for sistahs like Toya, Folami, and Nina who “walk the walk and talk the talk”—women who, unlike me, remain consi ...more
Julie Towe
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved A Return to Arms for the same reason I loved Sheree L Greer's Let the Lover Be. In each, the author describes the book in simple terms. There is a woman who must decide between lovers. The reader imagines a main character with her arms outstretched, a different woman holding and tugging each hand. We know there will be conflict. We know emotions are going to run high. But what I love about Sheree L. Greer's writing is that it isn't just the main character being pulled and tugged in diffe ...more
Mar 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Latoya "Toya" joins an activist group called RiseUP!, which is where she met Folami, a fellow activist. The main purpose of the group is to bring attention to the numerous killings of innocent people by the police. During a rally for one of the victims, Toya meets Nina, an artist.

If you're looking for a purely romance book, this is not it as it takes a backseat to the main story.

It took me a while to get into the story, but I'm glad I stuck with it. There are no words to describe the way the aut
Christine Close
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Five Stars: f/f contemporary

I was sent this book by Inked Rainbow Reads in exchange for an honest review.

First of all can I say as a reviewer this novel evoked so many feelings and stirred up so many emotions in me. I also had difficulty in identifying the genre, of this book, I don't think it is just a book for lesbians or those sympathetic to lesbians. My first reaction was this subject was so important, essential and consequential that I felt a fictitious novel could not do it justice. After
Mar 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was lucky to come across this title on Netgalley's LGBT category and having my request accepted. Activism? The #BlackLivesMatter movement? Women loving women? The issues and prejudice one finds inside the very circles that should make them feel included and safe? All written by an author who knows exactly what she's talking about? Yes. Yes, yes, yes.

It had a slow start for me, but that's probably just because I'm used to fantastic fiction, not because it's not interesting. The sheer organic ho
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Timely, powerful, page-turner

Really enjoyed this book. It was a thoughtful and compelling story, with nuanced characters who are navigating life, love and the fight for social justice.
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A Milwaukee, Wisconsin, native, Sheree L. Greer has been published in Hair Trigger, The Windy City Times, Reservoir, Fictionary, The Windy City Queer Anthology: Dispatches from the Third Coast, and Best Lesbian Romance 2012. She has performed her work across selected venues in Milwaukee, New York, Miami, Chicago, and Tampa, where she hosts Oral Fixation, the only LGBTQ Open Mic series in Tampa Bay ...more

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