Writer & Performer of Fiction, Poetry, Plays

HONEY MINE

A visceral, thrilling collection of stories by prescient lesbian writer Camille Roy explores what it takes to survive as a young sex and gender outlaw in the heart of America.

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Tell us something about this new book.

Honey Mine is an adventure story as well as an exploration of sex and gender and American realities. It's a cross between an excavation and a romp. For me, the book creates a record of surviving and thriving under conditions of danger. It's  faithful to the experience of a young person who is overwhelmed and passionate and completely impacted by everything that surrounds her. The book is new because it’s female and lesbian; old because it’s just American. 

 

How would you characterize the style of your book?

Juicy, sexy, witty, sly. Also investigative, narrative, experimental, and urban. It's a New Narrative work.

Coming to San Francisco and encountering New Narrative taught me how to write. My own reality was challenging. New Narrative gave me a way in. I believe this is why it continues to be interesting; it’s a set of techniques for representing realities that are outside the mainstream. 

IN THE PRESS

Camille Roy's skittish predatory language stalks the inexplicable, then pounces. Her nasty, luscious stories and poems make up a dyke coming-of-age novel, set not in the American family, but in our traveling explosion of body-race-class-gender... Essential reading for anyone who likes to see great writing meet the jumpy side of life.

Robert Glück