Spinsters Ink

The Palms - by PVII
The Palms - by PVII
Books by Sheila Ortiz-Taylor

by Sheila Ortiz-Taylor

Violet March, an eighty-two year old resident of Casa de los Suenos, finally has the opportunity to put years of mystery reading to practical use. One by one her comrades, the Bingos, are dying. Is this natural attrition, or is there a plot afoot?

Like most detectives, Violet March does not work alone. Her immediate circle of assistants include a cosmetologist, a mortician, and an accountant. But others are inevitably drawn into the solution of the crime and the celebration of the mystery.


by Sheila Ortiz-Taylor

Arden Benbow is a motorcycle riding, lesbian Latina poet from LA who has at last received her degree from UCLA. Now she’s been hired to teach poetry in a small liberal arts college in northwest Florida and the administrators have no idea what they’re about to come up against. This is the seventies, and social change is creeping slowly but inevitably across the country from California.

Since firing Arden is out of the question, the administration soon sets into motion a plan they feel is certain to make Arden want to leave. As their machinations become increasingly complex, Arden happily and even obliviously sets up housekeeping in her newly purchased decaying southern mansion just across the rugby field from the college. While the administration struggles to keep southern academe the same, Arden gradually enlists women faculty, immigrant farm laborers, rural residents, a lesbian feminist press, and the whole student body to create a new green world of women’s values.

OutRageous is the latest novel by Sheila Ortiz-Taylor, the critically acclaimed author of such classics as Faultline.

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Sheila Ortiz Taylor is professor emerita in English from Florida State University, where she taught fiction writing and lit­erature for thirty-three years. She lives in Tallahassee with her partner of sixteen years.