La Bastarda

Feminist Press at CUNY
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Orphaned Okomo lives under the watchful eye of her grandmother and dreams of finding her father. Forbidden from seeking him out, she enlists the help of other village outcasts: her gay uncle, and a gang of “mysterious” girls reveling in their so-called indecency. Drawn into their illicit trysts, Okomo finds herself falling for their leader and rebelling against the rigid norms of Fang culture.
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Trifonia Melibea Obono is a journalist and political scientist who researches women and gender in Africa. She is a professor in the Humanities and Social Sciences department of the National University of Equatorial Guinea. Currently, she is pursuing her doctorate in gender studies and human rights from the University of Salamanca, Spain. Her short story "La Negra" was included in the anthology Voces feministas de Guinea Ecuatorial (Barcelona: Mey 2015) and her first novel, Herencia de bindendee, was published by Editions del Auge (Madrid: 2016).

Lawrence Schimel is an award-winning author and anthologist, and has been internationally recognized for his queer anthologies, gay and lesbian erotica, and children's books. His writing has been translated into over twenty languages. He served as cochair of the Publishing Triangle, an organization of lesbians and gay men in the American publishing industry, for two years, and also served as the Regional Advisor of the Spain Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators for five years.

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Feminist Press at CUNY
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Published on
Apr 24, 2018
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Pages
67
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ISBN
9781936932245
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Coming of Age
Fiction / LGBT / General
Fiction / LGBT / Lesbian
Fiction / Literary
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