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The Last of the Good Girls: Shedding Convention, Coming Out Whole Mary Ann Woodruff

The Last of the Good Girls: Shedding Convention, Coming Out Whole

Mary Ann Woodruff

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ISBN : 9781490552965
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204 pages
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Mary Ann Woodruffs Last of the Good Girls is the compelling memoir of a child of the 1940s who followed all the rules-until she couldnt any more. Like many in her generation, she married Mr. Right, kept house, raised her children, joined a church,MoreMary Ann Woodruffs Last of the Good Girls is the compelling memoir of a child of the 1940s who followed all the rules-until she couldnt any more. Like many in her generation, she married Mr. Right, kept house, raised her children, joined a church, and volunteered in her community. Then, at midlife, she had to dismantle it all to find her true self. To her surprise, that included falling in love with another woman. It was a truth she had difficulty embracing. Woodruff had spent decades as a faithful church woman, serving as a Presbyterian elder and consulting with congregations and at every level in the denomination. When her church continued to insist on overtly restricting roles for gays and lesbians, she dared to speak out. To do so, she had to first face down the voices of homophobia clamoring in her own head-and all those forces that had compelled her to conform. A rigorous exploration of her emotional and spiritual interior led her to new understanding of her self. In lyrical, heartfelt prose, embellished with poetry, she tells how she was drawn to acknowledge a truth she didnt welcome, how an unexpected love called her out of deep fear, and how her whole family reshaped itself into a new circle of support.