In 1850s Manhattan, 18-year-old Georgiana Cartwright witnesses the downfall of her father, a renowned actor who performs drunk and then deserts the family. Georgie makes her way onto the stage, excelling at cross-dressing breeches roles. Unwanted sexual advances threaten to derail her career, but Georgie perseveres to find success—and love—on her own terms.
“Dear Miss Cushman is an adventure steeped in the American theater. Deeply researched, it challenges the traditional view of 19th-century gender and sexuality, exploring what it takes to be the hero of one’s own story.”—Tana Wojczuk, author of Lady Romeo: The Radical and Revolutionary Life of Charlotte Cushman, America’s First Celebrity
Coming December 7, 2021 from Bywater Books
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At a women’s college in rural Virginia in 1960, a history professor who has hidden her sexuality faces an investigation into her private life that threatens her career.
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“Paula Martinac’s Testimony, vividly imagined and remarkably researched, shines a light on queer lives that have been forgotten by history. The prose is vivid and intelligent, and the characters are rich and complex. A deeply compelling novel that I couldn’t put down.”—Carter Sickels, author of The Prettiest Star