No Telephone to Heaven

No Telephone to Heaven can be compared to a Tilt-A-Whirl carnival ride. The book, published more than three decades ago, immerses the reader into a whirlwind of color. It shuttles back and forward at such speed it leaves the reader questioning exactly what is going on and, just when you Read More …

Once and Future Lovers-Repost

The BLLC Review is on hiatus in December, so we’re re-posting some of our most popular reviews this month, which includes Once & Future Lovers— a short story collection by Sheree L. Greer. As the titles suggests, love threads the stories together, but prominent themes such as family and maturation Read More …

Five Black Lesbian Books You Should be Reading for Pride Month-Repost

The BLLC Review is on hiatus in December, so we’re re-posting some of our most popular reviews this month. Here’s our post for Pride Month; get into these amazing Black lesbian writers! It’s Pride month, and there are lists upon lists of books LGBTQ folks should be reading circulating around Read More …

Does Your Mama Know? An Anthology of Black Lesbian Coming Out Stories

Twenty years ago, Lisa C. Moore cast her net to collect, save, shape, and share the stories of Black lesbians finding their voice and accepting their sexuality. The result, Does Your Mama Know? An Anthology of Black Lesbian Coming Out Stories, brought together a wealth of experiences in one collection Read More …

Keeping Secrets: A Mimi Patterson/Gianna Maglione Mystery

I love a good mystery. I thrive on the opportunity to disappear into a who-done-it as I seek to solve the case, devouring clues until a resolution is reached. Penny Mickelbury gives readers the opportunity to enjoy a similar experience in her novel, Keeping Secrets: A Mimi Patterson/Gianna Maglione Mystery. Read More …

Once and Future Lovers

If you aren’t familiar with Sheree L. Greer, let me introduce you to her debut short story collection, Once and Future Lovers. As the titles suggests, love threads the stories together, but prominent themes such as family and maturation are also infused in the characters and their experiences. The collection Read More …

The Power of Mercy

The Power of Mercy by Fiona Zedde is the second book in a new superheroine series by lesbian publisher Ylva Publishing. If you’re already a fan of Zedde’s, The Power of Mercy is definitely a bit of a departure from her usual fare, which is exactly why I liked it Read More …

Brown Girl in the Ring

When the first line of an author’s first novel involves someone searching for a viable human heart, the reader should not expect an easy literary ride. Nalo Hopkinson’s first novel, Brown Girl in the Ring, weaves a story of a young woman claiming her power through tapping into the spiritual Read More …

The Summer We Got Free

The Summer We Got Free by Mia McKenzie opens in 1976 in West Philadelphia at the Delaney family home. It’s a neglected dwelling that mirrors the emotional and spiritual state of the five-member family. Thirty-year-old Ava (the protagonist) resides with her husband (Paul), older sister (Sarah), and parents (Regina and Read More …

Bury Me When I’m Dead

Bury Me When I’m Dead by Cheryl Head is a good old-fashioned whodunit, starring a cast of well-developed characters that help to ground its complex plot. Before I begin, a caveat or two: The protagonist of this novel isn’t lesbian, she’s bisexual, and that adds a little something extra to Read More …