Femme Friday – Literary Femmes: Celia Roberts in Final Take by Jackie Manthorne

I’ve been bathing in 90s lesbian mysteries lately, just reveling in them. It’s like eating comfort food that’s actually good for you because you’re seen and loved and someone spent her precious, queer creative energy writing a whole book JUST FOR YOU! I love it. Shout out to lesbo mystery writers everywhere, past and present and future! I am your femme fan girl!!!

Deep gratitude to Jackie Manthorne for Celia Roberts, who makes her appearance in the fourth Harriet Hubbley mystery, the one set in San Francisco, where Celia not only shows the young lipstick lesbians what it means to be a hot, mature femme in her 50s, living a full and sexy life, but also proves her mettle as a true blue friend– fuck yeah!!! Sounds like a femme to me!

Celia might be a bother at times and she was certainly audacious, but she also knew how to be a friend. There was solidity about her which came to the fore when someone she knew was in trouble or needed emotional support. Harry wondered where that steadfastness went the rest of the time, and why Celia chose to act so tempestuous. She must ask her some day. Not that she’d get a reasonable answer.

Final Take by Jackie Manthorne, gynergy books, Charlottetown, Canada, 1996

Every Friday, I showcase a queer femme goddess. I want to feature you! Write to me at thetotalfemme@gmail.com and let me shine a spotlight on your beautiful, unique, femme story!

At the Total Femme, my intention is to post three times a week: Meditations for Queer Femmes on Monday, Pingy-Dingy Wednesday on Wednesday and Femme Friday on Friday. Rather than play catch-up in a stressful fashion on those weeks when life prevents posting, I have decided to just move gaily forward: if I miss a Monday, the next post will be on Wednesday, and so on. Thank you, little bottle of antibiotics for inspiring me in this! (“…if it’s almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Don’t take a double dose to make up for a missed one.”)


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