Dot and Ralfie - A Reading from a Novel in Progress
Amy Hoffman, M.F.A., Editor-in-Chief, Women's Review of Books
Lunchtime Seminar April 21, 2016 (25:26 min.)
In her April 21, 2016 lunchtime seminar, Amy Hoffman, M.F.A. read selections from her novel in progress Dot and Ralfie, which centers on a lesbian couple in their late sixties, who are facing some of the dilemmas of aging. When the book opens, Ralfie is recovering from a complicated knee replacement. Since her job requires strength and mobility – she works for the Department of Public Works – her knee problem threatens to force her into retirement. She and Dot may also have to consider moving, since they live in a third-floor walkup. They’re figuring out what these kinds of changes mean for their relationship to each other, to their families, and to their lesbian community.
Amy Hoffman, M.F.A. is editor-in-chief of the Women’s Review of Books (WRB), which is published by the Wellesley Centers for Women in collaboration with Old City Publishing in Philadelphia. She is a member of the creative nonfiction faculty at Pine Manor College's MFA program. A writer and community activist, she has been an editor at Gay Community News (GCN), South End Press, and the Unitarian Universalist World magazine. Hoffman is the author of three memoirs—Lies about My Family; An Army of Ex-Lovers: My Life at the Gay Community News; and Hospital Time.