Please help me welcome Lorie Ann Grover's latest novel, Firstborn, into the world today! Here's the premise:
Where does a firstborn girl fit in a world dominated by men? When Tiadone was born, her parents had two choices: leave their daughter outside the community to die in the wilds, or raise her as male and force her to suppress all feminine traits. Now, as the first female living as male in her village, Tiadone must prove her father didn't make a mistake by letting her live. As her male initiation approaches, Tiadone knows every eye on the community is on her, and desperately wishes to belong and finally be accepted. But at every step, traditional feminine gifts and traits emerge, and the bird she's been twined with is seen as a sign of the devil. Worse, as Tiadone completes her rites, she finds she is drawn to her male best friend in ways that are very much in line with the female gender. Confused and desperate, Tiadone tries to become what she must be while dealing with what she indeed has become: a young woman who may be able to stand up to her despotic rulers and uncover her real purpose in life.
Want to help celebrate the book's release? Here is a piece of Lorie Ann's launch post at Blink:
A few Firstborn facts:
1. The work was inspired by an article on gendercide.
2. Tiadone is a female who is declared male to avoid being killed. Everyone knows she was born a female; her visible amulet marks her as a former female and supposedly suppresses those traits. It’s not a secret.
3. The work on Perimeter was inspired by Spartan military training of young boys.
4. I live at the base of Mt. Rainier where there are many red-tailed hawks, Mirko’s inspiration. Along with my wicked Siamese, Yzma. And my new son-in-law, George.
5. The whole novel was originally written in verse. That was a huge change, getting it into prose.
Join the party!
1. For the launch on February 11, 2014, if you share the awesome Firstborn trailer on Facebook or Twitter, or your blog
2. Like my Facebook Author Page or Twitter and leave a comment sharing your own birth order (feeling free to defend it as best or worst in the world)
3. And finally, just because you, too, like to read, reflect, and reach out, check out a gendercide site: It’s a Girl, Movie, Global Gendercide Advocacy and Alliance Project, All Girls Allowed
1. post a selfie holding your latest release
2. tag Lorie Ann Grover and declare the birth order of your book (i.e. Joan Holub would post Little Red Writing, One-hundred Fifty-second Born)
Want a chance at winning 11 books? Enter the giveaway at Blink.
Me? I'm the second of two girls born to an awesome mom. And though I don't have a published novel (yet), Lorie Ann is encouraging me to post a picture of my work-in-progress, so here's a sneak peek at the play I'm currently writing, along with some of its influences...
If you'd like to share your birth order and/or (if you're a writer) a picture of your latest release, post on Lorie Ann's Facebook or the readergirlz page.
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