Queerly Beloved

A Novel

Queerly Beloved
Susie Dumond
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A people-pleasing bridesmaid-for-hire falls for the crushable new lesbian in town. Will she finally find her happily ever after-and her own voice? ONE OF BUZZFEED' SMOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2022Amy, a semicloseted queer baker and bartender in mid-2010s Oklahoma, has spent a lifetime putting other people' s needs before her own. Until, that is, she hits it off with Charley, a brilliant, attractive engineer who' s just moved to Tulsa. Suddenly, Amy' s found something-someone-she actually wants. Her tight-knit group of chosen family is thrilled she' s finally moving on from her ex. Mostly, though, they want Amy to find a way to show up for love-and life-as her authentic self. But when a one-off gig subbing in for a bridesmaid turns into a full-time business-thanks to Amy' s baking talents, crafting skills, and years watching rom-coms and Say Yes to the Dress-her deep desire to please kicks into overdrive, at her own expense. It' s not until Amy' s precarious balancing act strains her relationships to the breaking point that she must decide what it looks like to be true to herself-and if she has the courage to try.
"Heartwarming. "-PopSugar "Susie Dumond' s Queerly Beloved is like a great cake: warm, light but still richly layered, and bursting with sweetness. "-Casey McQuiston, bestselling author of Red, White & Royal Blue and One Last Stop "Heartwarming and sparkling with originality. "-Sophie Cousens, bestselling author of This Time Next Year "Heartfelt and inviting, Queerly Beloved is a joyful celebration of queer love and finding strength in vulnerability. . . . Impossible to put down!"-Alexandria Bellefleur, author of Written in the Stars and Hang the Moon "A love letter to Tulsa and the beauty and resilience of queer communities everywhere. "-Alison Cochrun, author of The Charm Offensive "Dumond uses the inner and interpersonal conflicts of her heroine to meaningfully prod queer rights issues in her funny and moving debut rom-com. . . . [A] seamless blend of serious issues, humor, and love. "-Publishers Weekly
Susie Dumond is a queer writer from Little Rock, Arkansas. She is a senior contributor at Book Riot, where she writes a monthly Horoscopes and Book Recommendations column, as well as various quizzes, book lists, and bookish news pieces. Susie received a bachelor of arts from the University of Tulsa and a master of arts in public policy and women' s, gender, and sexuality studies from the George Washington University. Currently, she' s probably making cupcakes at her home in Washington, D. C. , with her partner, Mary, her dog, Waffles, and her cat, Maple.