Mon Dieu, Love

A Novella

978-1-68003-343-4 Paperback
6 x 8.5 x 0 in
116 pp.
Pub Date: 04/15/2023
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Winner of The 2022 Clay Reynolds Novella Prize, selected by Renee Gladman
Set in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Mon Dieu, Love is the story of Elise and Carrie Briggs, a pair of sisters stuck in a non-stop loop of relationship mistakes, attempts at sobriety from drugs, alcohol, and general lesbian drama, and accidental, unwelcome emotional growth. As Carrie works to make sense of her life post-divorce, Elise begins an affair with an older ex-nun amid a surge of confusing religious fervor and supernatural experience. Relief from the predictability of her already established long-term relationship is short-lived for Elise, who learns more than she’d like to know about fidelity, romance, love, and family.
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From “Anger Prayer”
She meets a hot, sane, together lesbian at a potluck dinner party who flips out over her crawfish étouffée or hummingbird cake or whatever, and they fall together in an ecstatic love that makes everyone they know jealous. Other couples secretly and not so secretly want what they have and pull them aside at every future potluck dinner party like, “I want what you two have.” The hot, sane, together lesbian can’t even see other women, much less embark on a series of sporadic, regionally-determined affairs, because she is so in love with Carrie.

Published by Texas Review Press