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Time Well BentTime Well Bent:  Queer Alternative Histories
Edited by Connie Wilkins
Lethe Press.  184 pages, $15.

 

THE CHIEF PLEASURE of this varied anthology lies in its imaginative breadth. Editor Connie Wilkins has collected fourteen stories from established and emerging writers of GLBT fiction that speak to both the “queer” and the “histories” of the subtitle.

The editor’s introduction positions the collection as a corrective to the Western historical tradition, which has “either ignored, glossed over, or vilified” the presence and experiences of GLBT people. That this anthology offers an alternative through fiction rather than scholarship adds a twist to the volume’s central theme. These are queer stories about queered history.

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