I Dwell in Possibility

I Dwell in Possibility


Toni A. H. McNaron
One woman's transformation from a sheltered white childhood to a self-accepting educator, lesbian, and recovering alcoholic.

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Paperback Edition
ISBN: 9781558612808
Publication Date: 11-01-2001

Foreword by Louise DeSalvo

This "brave and lovely" memoir details one woman's transformation from a sheltered white childhood in Jim Crow's Alabama to a self-aware and self-accepting educator, lesbian, and recovering alcoholic (Booklist). This expanded and revised edition includes a moving, nuanced portrait of racial identity and relations during the civil rights period and new material on a life lived at history's doors.

"engrossing and sensitive . . . it moves along at the swift pace of a well-written novel." Kirkus Reviews

"This book will be invaluable to many audiences, both those struggling with their own coming to language and those moving from isolation to lesbian community. Its power and spirit capture with great precision the pleasures of victories, large and small, in the effort to become a complete self." —Carolyn Allen, professor of English and Women's studies, University of Washington

"I Dwell in Possibility is an engrossingly good read in the tradition of Audre Lorde's Zami and Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Toni McNaron's wonderful autobiography sensitively depicts the contradictory combination of racial privilege and sexual difference as they shape the dreams and longings of a white girl who did not fit the mold of southern belle." —Susan Stanford Friedman, author of Penelope's Web: Gender, Modernity, and H.D.'s Fiction