A new book by award winning author, Donna Gephart, is causing a lot of buzz. In her new release, Lily and Dunkin, Gephart ventures into the lives of two teens who are struggling with revelatory internal struggles. This is the author’s first attempt as delving into the world of LGBT youth.
The book is dedicated to the memory of a transgender teen who committed suicide– Leelah Alcorn. One of the two main characters is Lily, a transgender girl who is trying to make the transition at 13 years of age. Gephart also honors her own son, Andrew, with this story. The character of Dunkin is taken partially from Andrew’s life, as they both struggle with bipolar disorder.
The two teenagers meet eachother one summer and the story is told as their lives and relationship evolves. The book takes turns being told from each of their points of view.
Gephart states that after watching the documentary I Am A Girl!, about a transgender girl named Joppe, she felt strongly compelled to write this novel. She spent many years researching and talking to transgender teens in preparation for the book.
Lily and Dunkin is receiving glowing reviews, like this one from the Booklist: “Though in less skillful hands this might have turned into a problem novel, it is, instead, a thoughtfully and sensitively written work of character-driven fiction that dramatically addresses two important subjects that deserve more widespread attention.” And Voya says: ‘”Gephart has written a story that will speak not just to one specific community, but to humanity as a whole.”
This is a beautiful novel to take a chance on, and Amazon even recently acknowledged it as an Amazon Best Book of the Month.
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