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  • LOVE IMAGINED audience and message

    Date: 2014.11.10 | Category: LOVE IMAGINED, Reviews of my Books, This & That | Response: 0

    I was recently asked the following questions by a reviewer:

    1. What is the primary/most important message in Love Imagined and how do you think readers will relate to it?

    The message I was trying to express is how history/historical events play into one’s identity. I always wanted to write a book that paralleled historical events across color lines in the USA. However, it was too overwhelming for me to find the emotional energy to do so, but I was able to, at least, tell my own story: the journey of a Chinese Black woman who grew up in South Minneapolis passing for white. My publisher went out of his way to help me get permission to include quotes that were historically relevant.

    2. Also, is it for a certain, limited audience that the book will have good/meaningful appeal?

    Actually, no. Scandinavian friends from high school have found connections to the story beyond location. One friend actually said, knowing the main message was one of a mixed race identity, there was much she could relate to. Also, at a recent reading, a younger, mixed woman said my story was her story. I was concerned that my age, 66 years old, would have younger people poopooing it; but, I’m discovering they can relate. At the same reading a married couple, two young men, explained that one of them was searching to know more about his mixed identity. I am also hoping my story will have an impact in women’s studies and ethnic studies classrooms.

  • REVIEWERS WELCOME! LOVE IMAGINED a mixed race memoir

    Date: 2014.08.19 | Category: Book Reviews, LOVE IMAGINED, Reviews of my Books, This & That | Response: 0

    Please contact Modern History Press, victor@lhpress.com, if you have a serious interest in reviewing LOVE IMAGINED. Reviews in  multicultural journals, mixed race journals, feminist journals/Amazon, Goodreads, etc. are more than welcome.

    Love Imagined: A Mixed Race Memoir
    Imprint: Modern History Press
    Author: Sherry Quan Lee
    Foreword: Lola Osunkoya

    ISBN-13: PB 978-1-61599 $ 29.95 / eBook $ 5.95
    Trim: 6.69 x 9.61 (158 pp)
    Audience: General Adult
    Pub Date: 08/01/2014
    Synopsis: Love Imagined is an American woman’s unique struggle for identity.

    “Joining the long history of women of color fighting to claim literary space to tell our stories,
    Sherry Quan Lee shares her truth with fierce courage and strength in Love Imagined. … Quan
    Lee crafts a riveting tale of Minnesota life set within the backdrop of racial segregation, the
    Cold War, the sexual revolution while navigating it all through the lens of her multi-layered
    identities. A true demonstration of the power of an intersectional perspective.”

    –Kandace Creel Falcón, Ph.D., Director of Women’s and Gender Studies, Minnesota State University, Moorhead

    “Love Imagined: this fascinating, delightful, important book. This imagining love, this longing for love. This poverty of No Love, this persistent racism, sexism, classism, ageism. The pain these evils cause the soul…This is an important document of a mixed-race contemporary woman, a memoir about her family lineages back to slavery, back to China, back to early Minneapolis, and about the struggle of finding herself in all of these.”
    –Sharon Doubiago, author of My Father’s Love
    “When I read Sherry’s story [Love Imagined], I recognized feelings and meanings that mirrored mine. I felt a sense of release, an exhale, and I knew I could be understood by her in a way that some of my family and friends are unable to grasp, through no fault of their own. It’s the Mixed experience. Sherry Lee’s voice, her story, will no doubt touch and heal many who read it.”
    –Lola Osunkoya, MA Founder of Neither/Both LLC, Mixed-Race Community Building and Counseling
    Learn more at www.SherryQuanLee.com


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Artist Statement

Sherry Quan Lee approaches writing as a community resource and as culturally based art of an ordinary everyday practical aesthetic. Lee is a Community Instructor at Metropolitan State University (Intro to Creative Writing, Advanced Creative Writing), and has taught at Intermedia Arts, and the Loft Literary Center. She is the author of A Little Mixed Up, Guild Press, 1982 (second printing), Chinese Blackbird, a memoir in verse, published 2002 by the Asian American Renaissance, republished 2008 by Loving Healing Press, and How to Write a Suicide Note: serial essays that saved a woman’s life, Loving Healing Press, 2008.

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