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Say Jesus and Come to Me

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  51 ratings  ·  6 reviews
The physical and emotional attraction a charismatic black female evangelist feels for a beautiful but damaged blues singer grows into a powerful, sensual love in a southern city rocked by racism, intolerance, and sexual violence.

The traveling minister Reverend Myrtle Black is a proud, strong African American woman, passionately devoted to God, justice, and intimate female
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Paperback, 283 pages
Published April 1st 1987 by Naiad Pr (first published September 1st 1985)
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Ashley
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"This silence she justified by weighing the burden of the consequences. She had her career as minister who headed her church. Together with that, her sight was set on expanding her secular leadership role, an aspiration that was beginning to materialize. For her to come out now, declare her lesbianism, could be disastrous for both herself and her church. The core of her existence was rooted in black life. Black people had not yet come fully to grips with homosexuality. For these reasons, she had ...more
KOMET
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
An intriguing novel - the first one I read that focused on a love affair between 2 African American women, one of whom is an evangelist and the other a famous soul singer (in a marriage with an abusive husband).
Julie
Feb 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book! I have read all of Shockley's other work and enjoyed it, and this book wowed me! Great characters throughout and a really wonderful demonstration of the ways lesbians engage in everyday life and transform people. Highly recommend.
Stephani
Jul 26, 2007 rated it really liked it
Novel about the romance between a Black female minister and a veteran soul singer diva, set in socio-political turmoil in Nashville.
Leslie
Jan 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: women, gender, & lgbt studies enthusiasts
Shelves: faith, novels
This old, outta print novel is as important as ever for black community discussion now.
Lizcouture
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it!! Very bold and gritty read!! Many truths to the life of a closeted woman who has spent her life being a part of the church and needing desperately to “step out”.
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Shockley is a black feminist theorist, novelist, and librarian. Shockley’s extensive contributions to black literature in general and black queer literature and politics more specifically, have broken ground in the vast wilderness of works that do not exist.

Shockley has written reference books, nonfiction and fiction for newspapers and journals, as well as book reviews, essays, novels,
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