Queerly Beloved - A Novel Book
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RELEASE DATE - 3 MAY 2022
A people-pleasing bridesmaid-for-hire falls for the crushable new lesbian in town. Will she finally find her happily ever after--and her own voice?
Amy, a semicloseted queer baker and bartender in mid-2010s Oklahoma, has spent a lifetime putting other people's needs before her own. Until, that is, she hits it off with Charley, a brilliant, attractive engineer who's just moved to Tulsa. Suddenly, Amy's found something--someone--she actually wants.
Her tight-knit group of chosen family is thrilled she's finally moving on from her ex. Mostly, though, they want Amy to find a way to show up for love--and life--as her authentic self.
But when a one-off gig subbing in for a bridesmaid turns into a full-time business--thanks to Amy's baking talents, crafting skills, and years watching rom-coms and Say Yes to the Dress--her deep desire to please kicks into overdrive, at her own expense.
It's not until Amy's precarious balancing act strains her relationships to the breaking point that she must decide what it looks like to be true to herself--and if she has the courage to try.
"Susie Dumond's Queerly Beloved is like a great cake: warm, light but still richly layered, and bursting with sweetness. . . . A delightful debut, perfect for any person who's ever created their own place to belong."
Casey McQuiston, bestselling author of Red, White & Royal Blue and One Last Stop
"Heartwarming and sparkling with originality."
Sophie Cousens, bestselling author of This Time Next Year
"Heartfelt and inviting, Queerly Beloved is a joyful celebration of queer love and finding strength in vulnerability. . . . Impossible to put down!"
Alexandria Bellefleur, author of Written in the Stars and Hang the Moon
"A love letter to Tulsa and the beauty and resilience of queer communities everywhere."
Alison Cochrun, author of The Charm Offensive
"Dumond uses the inner and interpersonal conflicts of her heroine to meaningfully prod queer rights issues in her funny and moving debut rom-com. . . . [A] seamless blend of serious issues, humour, and love."