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The Resource Bingo love, written by Tee Franklin ; art by Jenn St-onge

Bingo love, written by Tee Franklin ; art by Jenn St-onge

Label
Bingo love
Title
Bingo love
Statement of responsibility
written by Tee Franklin ; art by Jenn St-onge
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"When Hazel Johnson and Mari McCray met at church bingo in 1963, it was love at first sight. Forced apart by their families and society, Hazel and Mari both married young men and had families. Decades later, now in their mid-'60s, Hazel and Mari reunite again at a church bingo hall. Realizing their love for each other is still alive, what these grandmothers do next takes absolute strength and courage."--Amazon.com
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Review
  • When Hazel and Mari met at a church bingo game and fell in love as young women, they were torn apart by their families because it was the “wrong” kind of love. Decades later, both have “traditional” families and separate lives, but when they reunite, what would be a more perfect spot for it than another church bingo? It’s a different time, and their love for each other hasn’t diminished one bit, so they decide to take the plunge. This book has it all: body positivity, African American heroes, LGBT romance, and, best of all, grannies as sexual beings who have needs and desires beyond filling up your plate. It’s gorgeously presented in full color to maximize the effect of what’s happening on the page. Happy moments are splashed with bright, cheery colors, and Hazel, lover of all things fashion and feminine, really shines with all her beautiful outfits and her graying hair. Despite the story being over too soon, the pacing and characterization are pitch-perfect. Readers who loved the San Junipero episode of Black Mirror will adore this, too. -- Pino, Kristina (Reviewed 3/15/2018) (Booklist, vol 114, number 14, p30)
  • This gentle sweetheart story begins in 1963, when Hazel Johnson first sees Mari McCray at their church’s bingo hall in Paterson, N.J. The two black teens go to high school together and quickly become best friends. Hazel falls in love with Mari, but hides her feelings for years. But nearing graduation, when Mari gets into a fight with her grandmother, and Hazel comforts her, they kiss for the first time. Their brief happiness is ended, as their families separate them after discovering their romance. Thinking they will never see each other again, both marry young. Hazel goes on to raise three children with James Downing, an Air Force pilot, and becomes a grandmother before she sees Mari again. Their serendipitous reunion takes place in another bingo hall, in an uplifting second-chance turn to the tale (complicated, still, by family). Mari and Hazel’s period-appropriate outfits and hairstyles are lovingly rendered by St-Onge, and their tender moments are accompanied by flights of doves and showers of rose petals. With the buzz around this release (Franklin was awarded the Prism Queer Press Grant in 2017) and the hunger for inclusive, positive love stories, this should find a large, 
			welcoming audience. (Feb.) --Staff (Reviewed 02/12/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 7, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ It's the 1960s, decades before the Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court decision legalized gay marriage. Thirteen-year-old Hazel helps new kid Mari get acquainted with their school, and the girls become best friends. Five years later, they recognize a bond way past friendship, but their horrified African American families force a separation. Regretfully, each woman gets married and starts a family, having lost track of the other, but a chance meeting over Bingo nearly 50 years later—both are now grandmothers—upends everyone's expectations. Franklin, who created #BlackComicsMonth, makes her full-length graphic novel debut with this black-queer romance that began as a Kickstarter campaign pulling nearly three times its funding goal. St-Onge (Jem and the Holograms: The Misfits) brings a curvy charm to the characters, and fans of Alison Bechdel's Dykes To Watch Out For may see similarities in the wonderfully expressive faces and clothing details. VERDICT Teens and young adults tend to dominate love plots, so it's refreshing to see a romantic tale built around people who age from adolescence through elderhood. Delightful yet realistic, the teen-graded story also works for adults and sophisticated tweens. Indirect sexual references. --Martha Cornog (Reviewed 02/01/2018) (Library Journal, vol 143, issue 2, p85)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10637098
Cataloging source
CGP
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Franklin, Tee
Dewey number
741.5/973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 9
  • 12
Nature of contents
comics graphic novels
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
St-Onge, Jenn
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Bingo
  • Grandmothers
  • Lesbians
Label
Bingo love, written by Tee Franklin ; art by Jenn St-onge
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
on1023608650
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781534307506
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
chiefly color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1023608650
Label
Bingo love, written by Tee Franklin ; art by Jenn St-onge
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
on1023608650
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781534307506
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
chiefly color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1023608650

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