Naked in the Promised Land: A Memoir (Paperback)

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Born in 1940, Lillian Faderman is the only child of an uneducated and unmarried Jewish woman, who, along with her sister, left their shtetl in Latvia to seek a better life in America. However, her mother's family were murdered by Nazis and their home destroyed in the war. Her mother, racked by guilt at having left her family behind, suffered from a terrible psychosis. The only relief she had from this, and her brutal sweatshop job, was her daughter, Lilly.

Lilly grows into Lil, a beautiful young woman who learns that her deepest erotic and emotional connections are with other women, and who finds herself in a dangerous but seductive world of addicts, pimps, prostitutes and sham-marriages.

Desperately seeking to make her life meaningful and to redeem her mother's suffering, she studies at University of California, Berkeley; paying her way by working as a pin-up model and burlesque stripper, and hiding her lesbian love-affairs from the outside world. At last she becomes Lillian, a brilliant student and the woman who becomes a loving partner, a devoted mother, an acclaimed writer and ground-breaking pioneer of gay and lesbian scholarship.

Told with wrenching immediacy and great power: Naked in the Promised Land is the extraordinary story of an exceptional woman and her remarkable, unorthodox life.

About the Author


Lillian Faderman is an internationally known scholar of lesbian history and literature, as well as ethnic history and literature. Among her many honors are six Lambda Literary Awards, two American Library Association Awards, and several lifetime achievement awards for scholarship. She is the author of Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death,The Gay Revolution, Surpassing the Love of Men, and Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers; all New York Times Notable Books.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781448217533
ISBN-10: 1448217539
Publisher: Bloomsbury Reader
Publication Date: April 14th, 2020
Pages: 480