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The Firefly A New LGBTQ Novel (AUDIO)

By Charlotte Robinson, November 13, 2023

This week I talked with Laury A. Egan the author of 13 books of fiction about her latest novel “The Firefly” published by Spectrum Books. “The Firefly” begins as an LGBTQ coming-of-age novel set in 1964 & evolves into a woman’s lifelong journey to find fulfillment in both love & career. The story begins with Robin Bennet at 14 who has been left to fend for herself at a lakeside summer rental after her parents argue & leave the premises each believing the other has remained with their daughter. Robin then discovers someone has been sleeping in the house & stealing food. That night Robin observes a beautiful blond girl who magically appears on the dock dancing to the light of a lantern. The next day she meets Kieran a 15-year-old charming intruder who invites himself to dinner. It turns out that he is the brother of the beautiful blond girl Stella who magically appeared on the dock the night before & after he departs the “Firefly” returns. This time Robin is brave enough to approach her that leads to Robin’s first kiss but in the morning Stella has disappeared. Robin’s quest to find her is then cut short when Teresa her mother returns canceling their summer holiday on the lake. When Robin’s attempt to find her new friends ends in vain she returns home but never forgets that passionate night on the lake. As she enters adulthood pursuing her dream of becoming an architect she continues to explore her sexuality as she struggles to fulfill her lost desire for Stella. I talked to Laury about her inspiration for writing “The Firefly” & her spin on our LGBTQ issues. LISTEN  

1 comment:

Laury A. Egan said...

Thank you for the great interview, Charlotte! An honor to be on your program and to speak with you. Lovely!

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