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Lum

Title

Lum

Authors

Libby Ware

Publisher

She Writes Press

Pages

215 pages

Publication Year

2015

ISBN

9781631520037

Genre

historical

Topic

Family Relationships; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Kinship care; Intersex; children living with relatives; intersex adult

Annotation

Lum has always been on the outside. At eight, she was diagnosed with what we now call an intersex condition and is told she can't expect to marry. Now, at thirty-three, she has no home of her own but is shuttled from one relative's house to another -- valued for her skills, but never treated like a true member of the family. Everything is turned upside down, however, when the Blue Ridge Parkway is slated to come through her family's farmland. As people take sides in the fight, the community begins to tear apart -- culminating in an act of violence and subsequent betrayal by opponents of the new road. However, the Parkway brings opportunities as well as loss.

Grade Level

9-12

Family Formation

multi-generational

Main Character

intersex

Diversity Impact

direct

LGBTQ+

intersex person

Race/Ethnicities

White

Keywords

family; relatives; moving; community; violence; construction; indentured servitude

Item Type

Fiction

Format

novel

Lum

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