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The Journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society
Miscellanea and Ephemeron

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05/26/2008 Archived Entry: "e-Book Review: Red Skin"

Red Skin
Written by Tracey Shellito
Published by Torquere Press

ISBN-13: 978-1-60370-149-5
ISBN-10: 1-60370-149-4

Review by Linda Yau

Once a year, there is work for cattle herders moving their animals in search of food. Ross temporarily has a job as one of those herders; he is also a fine good shot. His fellow crew member mentions how easily it would be for Ross to become a Pinkerton or Marshall, but the young man always refuses.

The reason being that Ross is actually a half-breed woman named Roselyn; her father was white while her mother was Choctaw. Ross's father kicked her out of the house for having relations with a neighboring woman, so Roselyn now travels impersonating as a man with only her horse and wolf as companions during her long travels.

It wasn't until Ross met Ahina, an outcast Choctaw with a son that she finally thinks about trusting her with her secret and preference of woman.

I found this story quite easy go through and the descriptions of dialogue was just what to be expected from a western like story, with one seemingly out of place use of the word "fuck" toward the ending. It felt out of place when the time setting of this story clearly is in the 19th century. The loving scenes felt also like reading through petting sessions, so no penetration other than with fingers. This is my first time reading a lesbian themed fiction, so I am happy to say that I am not as disappointed with this story.

Also available directly from Torquere Press. Click here to read an excerpt.

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