BInk Books YA 204 pp. ● 5.06×7.81 $12.95 (Pb) ● $6.95 (eb) ISBN 978-1-934452-83-7 (pb) JUVENILE FICTION – Gay & Lesbian JUVENILE FICTION – People & Places – United States – African American FICTION – Lesbian FICTION – Coming of Age
Dumped by her high school sweetheart for not being out and proud, bi-racial Tori Kahl struggles with college life, her demanding mother, and the legacy of her dead sister, Keisha. Her only escape comes from her horse and her job at the stables. Then Ashley, the brash and flirty new boarder, shows up at the stables and not only challenges Tori’s top rider status, but shakes her world of self-pity as she copes with the ups and downs of growing up.
“In Keisha’s Shadow is Barret’s third novel and shows much growth in topic-tackling and relevance. There are several things this genre seldom sees. It deals with non-white characters. The protagonist’s peer group is not all gay, nor are all the antagonists homophobic. It is firmly set in a reality and has several messy interrelationships as a consequence which is refreshing.” – Lara Zielinsky, Queer Magazine Online
“This young adult story is packed with the kinds of issues that young people grapple with—difficult issues that are hard to read about and hard to think about. However, Barret presents the topics with sensitivity and an awareness that will bring any reader to a better understanding of the emotional struggles involved in growing up in the modern world. Young women struggling with the same issues that Tori and Ashley do, will find In Keisha’s Shadow a story of redemption and hope. And while the story has appeal for young women, it will speak to and enlighten anyone of any age.” – Anna Furtado, Just About Write