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Dear Miss Cushman

Dear Miss Cushman

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In 1850s Manhattan, 18-year-old Georgiana Cartwright witnesses the downfall of her father, a renowned actor who disgraces himself performing under the influence. When he deserts the family, Georgie is expected to save the day by marrying well. But she aspires to the stage, hoping to earn an independent living like her idol, the great actress Charlotte Cushman.

Hired as a supporting actress for a prominent theater company, Georgie launches her career with the help of a trio of young friends, including Clementine, a budding scribe determined to make her mark on the literary landscape--and to win Georgie's heart. Early reviews garner Georgie the promise of a bright future, but then unwanted sexual advances from within the company threaten to derail her career.

Following Cushman's lead, Georgie regains her footing in "breeches roles" parts written for men but performed by women. A thrilling gender-bending turn in a Shakespearean role boosts her confidence--until her harasser renews his efforts. Will she be able to vanquish him and find success and love on her own terms?



Author: Paula Martinac
Publisher: Bywater Books
Published: 12/07/2021
Pages: 260
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.85lbs
Size: 8.40h x 5.50w x 0.70d
ISBN: 9781612942155

About the Author
PAULA MARTINAC is the author of seven published novels and a collection of short stories. Her debut novel Out of Time won the 1990 Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction. She has published three nonfiction books on lesbian and gay culture and politics as well as numerous articles, essays, and short stories. She teaches creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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