What it’s about: Rose MacGregor, a composer and music professor beginning her career at the height of the women’s movement. Rose struggles to reconcile her ambition and her personal life, falling into trysts with colleagues and students.
Classroom: The Goat Pasture, a lesbian commune owned by reclusive bearded cellist Lila Goldensohn. Here, Rose writes the music that will jump-start her career.
Reason to read: Rose is fiercely independent and unapologetically flawed. Chamberlain, a noted poet and playwright, has written an engaging first novel.
Originally published in MORE magazine, February 2009.Buy the book at Amazon