A novel with a pinch of romance to celebrate the pivotal moment of marriage equality
A debut novel centered around the US Supreme Court’s decision about arriage quality? Can fiction outmatch reality? Blythe Rippon’s Barring Complications beats all odds and delivers an impressive, captivating tale which comour history, courtroom politics and a tender lesbian romance.
Here is the scoop: The Supreme Court decides to hear a case about gay marriage. Justice Willoughby, the newest justice is rumored to be a lesbian. She must now navigate courtroom politics, the press and her own feelings in this landmark case and her biggest challenge: Genevieve Fornier, the brilliant, out lead counsel representing the LGBT case.
Here is why this is a brilliant novel: By including the formative years of both main characters Rippon includes the history of so many of us who had to decide in decades past between a promising career being out and proud. This historical dimension shows clearly why the decision of the Supreme Court arriage quality was a landmark case.
The opening scenes introducing the ustice and then the ounselor hook the reader from the start. The clear, crisp prose commend the book which entertains with a mix of history, romance, convincing and characters, court politics and just plain good storytelling. And watch out for a newingenious application of the dreaded silent treatment to build a relationship.