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Love Like Gumbo

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  33 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Love Like Gumbo is a rich stew of family ties, budding lesbian sexuality, and Creole culture set in 1978 South Central L.A. This is Nancy Rawles's first novel, and it bears the marks of her previous work as a playwright--crisp dialogue and characters portrayed more with gesture and movement than narrative. Protagonist Grace Broussard is a 20-year-old caught between the tra ...more
Paperback, 266 pages
Published November 1st 1997 by Fjord Press
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Eric Hellman
May 22, 2012 marked it as to-read
From the Unglue.it campaign, which is trying to make this work free to the world under a Creative Commons License.

Seattle-based NANCY RAWLES is the author of three critically-acclaimed and award-winning novels. Her first novel, LOVE LIKE GUMBO, won an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation for its portrayal of a lesbian daughter’s struggle in 1978 for independence from her warm but suffocating LA Creole family.

Nancy is glad to offer to Unglue her first novel, long out of print,
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Mark Valentine
Mar 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
I do not get the chance to read a novel with a young, African-american, Creole, Catholic woman who lives in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles in the 1970s frequently. This novel fits perfectly into this genre. Grace Desiree Broussard plans to leave her family in chapter one by using a 10-Point Plan:

1. Refuse to go to Mass;
2. Ruin her hair by picking it out into a large umbrella;
3. Invite Elena (her Latina lesbian lover) to dinner;
4. When this happens, have Elena wear the red dress that Gra
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Amanda Mecke
Dec 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
I read this when it first came out, through a friend who knew Nancy, and I loved it for its characters, its setting and -- not commonplace for novels about lesbians of color -- having a happy ending. Full Disclosure: I am working with Eric (below) at Unglue.it to help Nancy make the ebook free using a CC license, since it is now out-of-print. FYI, she has a new book published this month: MIZ SPARKS IS ON FIRE AND IT AIN'T NO DRILL.
Kirsten
Mar 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A lovingly funny novel about family ties that bind and gag. Grace Broussard knows she's got to leave her family before she's thrown out -- she's a lesbian and she figures THAT won't fly in her Catholic Creole famly. She has a plan, a ten point plan for escape. She hasn't reckoned, however, with restless spirits, the clairvoyant next door, freak accidents... or her mother's gumbo.
Julie
Jun 10, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
Read for Bonded through Books club. First of a trilogy recommended by Carla Kaatz. I enjoyed the development of the main character and the insight into the creole culture in the 60's.
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