Like Dorothy Allison's Bastard Out of Carolina, Debra Busman's like a woman is a vivid coming-of-age story, revealing the lives of teenage girls on the streets of Los Angeles, trying to hold onto their sense of humanity against a backdrop of racism, poverty, sexism, and violence.
"In the end, like a woman is a powerful accomplishment: a book that stays true to the rough facts of the lives of homeless teens and yet at the same time manages to avoid any clichés about such a life and people forced to live it. With her protagonist Taylor, Busman has created a unique and memorable American character: a young woman as maternally intuitive as she is bare-knuckled daring, as outwardly forceful as she is inwardly searching, as in control of the streets as she is victimized by them. A person positioned not to just represent but to rise above." --Heavy Feather Review
"Busman’s prose is fittingly straightforward and, at times, bleakly, brilliantly sparse. This is a laudable debut." --Publishers Weekly
ABOUT DEBRA BUSMAN
Debra Busman is a fiction/creative non-fiction writer and co-director of the Creative Writing and Social Action Program at CSU Monterey Bay. Coeditor of Fire and Ink: An Anthology of Social Action Writing, her work has been published in Combined Destinies: Whites Share Grief About Racism, Street Lit: Representing the Urban Landscape, The LA Review, Social Justice: New Pedagogies for Social Change, and Womens Studies Quarterly 26: “Working Class Lives and Cultures.”