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Under This Beautiful Dome: A Senator, A Journalist, and the Politics of Gay Love in America (Hardback)
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Under This Beautiful Dome: A Senator, A Journalist, and the Politics of Gay Love in America (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages / Published: 23/09/2014
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One of the greatest love stories I have ever heard played out right here, under this beautiful dome. But it was a secret. . . . Penny and Terry just wanted what so many people want,to express their love through marriage." ,Illinois Representative Ann Williams Under This Beautiful Dome tells the true story of journalist Terry Mutchler's secret five-year relationship with Penny Severns, an Illinois State Senator who mentored Barack Obama. Forced to engage in an elabourate ruse to keep their relationship a secret, the two women constantly fear discovery in their conservative town. Denied legal access to the altar, they face even greater hardships when Penny is diagnosed with cancer and begins undergoing treatment.Set in the political arena, Under This Beautiful Dome reminds us why the march to legalize same-sex marriage is both personal and political. This vivid, beautiful story paints an intimate portrait of a loving relationship and the vast impact gay marriage legislation has on couples and families in America today.

Publisher: Seal Press
ISBN: 9781580055086
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 524 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"An incredibly touching and poignant love story about two strong women set in the context of big state politics. The book is compelling."
--Governer Ed Rendell

"In honest, sensitive, and sometimes-searing ways, Mutchler outlines how the exciting flame of her unforgettable love with a political mentor of President Barack Obama was lit, and how that light was unfairly extinguished by the intolerance of their time. This is a story of America's great march toward
equality for gay and lesbian couples wanting to marry--a movement that has swept through statehouses across the nation, including even the once-unaccepting place where two dynamic women first fell in love."
--David McKinney, Statehouse Bureau Chief, "Chicago-Sun Times"

"A heart-breaking but hopeful story about hidden love. Terry Mutchler gives us her precious secret life, laid out in aching detail, in the most hopeful enterprise of all--that by sharing, she might help us understand. An undeniably muscular, brave and beautiful piece of work."
--Christi Parsons, "Los Angeles Times" White House Correspondent

"This is the powerful story of love, politics, journalism, and death that will move anyone familiar with any one of those topics. It is tender and raw and real. Mutchler offers her heart to her readers. And it's as big and strong and loving as the tale that she tells."
--John Baer, "Philadelphia Daily News"

"A taut political drama, a heart-rending human tragedy, and a front-line view of the epic civil rights struggle of our time. It also happens to be a timeless love story."
--Kevin McDermott, political writer, "St. Louis Post-Dispatch"

"This is a powerful story of love, politics, journalism, and death that will move anyone familiar with any one of those topics. It is tender and raw and real. Mutchler offers her heart to her readers. And it's as a big and strong and loving as the tale that she tells."
John Baer, political columnist, Philadelphia Daily News
. . . an incredibly touching and poignant love story about two strong women set in the context of big state politics. The book is compelling.
Governor Ed Rendell
"A heartbreaking but hopeful story about hidden love. Terry Mutchler gives us her precious secret life, laid out in aching detail, in the most hopeful enterprise of allthat by sharing, she might help us understand. An undeniably muscular, brave, and beautiful piece of work."
Christi Parsons, White House Correspondent, The Los Angeles Times
. . . this memoir deserves a prominent place on gay rights bookshelves (and Mutchler s frank self-analysis is admirable and moving).
Publishers Weekly
"A taut political drama, a heart-rending human tragedy, and a front-line view of the epic civil rights struggle of our time. It also happens to be a timeless love story."
Kevin McDermott, political writer, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
In honest, sensitive, and sometimes searing ways, Terry Mutchler outlines how the exciting flame of her unforgettable love with a political mentor of President Barack Obama was lit and how that light was unfairly extinguished by the intolerance of their time. This is a story of America s great march toward equality for gay and lesbian couples wanting to marry, a movement that has swept through statehouses across the nation, including even the once-unaccepting place where two dynamic women first fell in love.
Dave McKinney, Statehouse Bureau Chief, Chicago Sun-Times
[Under This Beautiful Dome] makes a moving case for why the fight for marriage equality must continue Courageous and important Kirkus Reviews
"In a modern world that has seen an acceleration of gay marriage rights and public LGBT figures, it is crucial to honor and remember the struggles of those who could not love openly, afraid for their jobs, their homes, their families, and their beloved. [Mutchler] painstakingly recreates that struggle, balancing layers of politics, love, family, faith and grief in . . . a passionately honest and forthright memoir that is as much a candid portrait of true love as it is a brave remembrance of what lengths gay women and men have gone to for that love."
Lambda Literary
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