KRead: The Last of the Good Girls A Memoir by Mary Ann Woodruff


I feel like I have been churning out posts this week, Go Kristi!

I don’t know if it is because I am getting comfortable with my promotion at work, so I am doing it more efficiently or not. I do know I am feeling relaxed and productive and happy.

The book that I just finished was great! I literally finished it in 3 days (and it only took that long because I went to a Chamber of Commerce dinner on Tuesday). This was one of those books that I didn’t have to like as a lesbian, but as a lover of good literature. The Last of the Good Girls is a story that I am sure could be told by the last generation lesbian over and over again. I appreciated it and am so glad the author decided to share it.

Plot Snapshot: A memoir of Mary Ann Woodruff who played by the rules her whole life, rules of her parents, her marriage and her church — until she didn’t.

This should be a movie. It has all the elements of a story that needs to be told.  Set in the time of AMC’s Mad Men, This isn’t a case where she was sexually abused as a child, or beaten by her husband. She didn’t fall into a lesbian’s web of seduction. She didn’t come out because she had nothing left in the hetero world. She was a successful woman who had been married for 40 years. She loved her husband and spoke highly of him throughout the book. She just fell in love with a woman, and that love transformed her whole life.

She lived her truth, and those who loved her embraced her. She didn’t hide her truth from God, she spoke to Him at length about it and was comforted by His response. Reading her mixture of memoir and poetry over a cup of coffee made me feel like I was transformed to a different time. This is the kind of book I have been longing to read. I thank the author for writing it.

Anyone read it? Love to hear your thoughts.

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