Trip Sheets by Ellen Hawley

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A deft, wry story of a young woman's exploration of her preferences -- sexual, emotional, familial, and otherwise -- "Trip Sheets" is a generous and inviting debut novel. Cath Rahven is a street-savvy cabbie in the Midwest, dropping in and out of unsatisfying relationships with men, when she decides to change her life. She makes lists: Don't drive a cab anymore. Don't sleep with men I don't like. Actually write that damn mystery. Sleep with women.

But change is not easy, and it's not quite, as her first female lover puts it, 'only sex.' Navigating lesbian poetry readings, karate classes, night school, new career moves, and endless taxi fares, Cath eventually settles on Maggie, a nurse, and on a job in social work. It is there that she discovers other lives are not straightforward or repairable. When her father's medical crisis propels her back to her family, she must fully come to grips with what she has made of herself and learn how to integrate her new life with the lives of those around her.

Moving and funny, blending strength of character with a distinctive lightness of touch, "Trip Sheets" meticulously details the pieces of a life falling into a new pattern. Much more than a simple coming-out tale, Ellen Hawley's debut is ultimately about finding just the right touch with which to link ourselves with those we love.


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Ellen Hawley is the author of the novel Trip Sheets, which won a Writer's Voice Capricorn Award. She has moonlighted as a radio host, driven a cab, taught creative writing, and was the editor of the Loft Literary Center's magazine for eighteen years. A native New Yorker, she now divides her time between homes in Minnesota and Cornwall.
Published September 15, 1998 by Milkweed Editions. 200 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Humor & Entertainment, Romance, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction, Parenting & Relationships, Self Help. Fiction

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