With LAMENT, author Liz Mackie launches Nostalgistudio, a new independent publishing company for high-quality American writing. Three volumes deep into her revolutionary feminist tennis-fantasy novel FAMEPUNK, she's also published a poetry collection (DUG FOR VICTORY: POEMS FROM RIP-TV) and a travel novella called THE HAPPY VALLEY. Her website www.liz-mackie.com collects her on-line writings. A long-ago graduate of Swarthmore College, she lives and works in New York City and has climbed Breakneck Ridge with the kind help of friends.
FAMEPUNK is the story of a fictional Brooklyn-born girl tennis prodigy with a sad secretive past and a great kick serve. Her triumphs and misadventures fuel a sexy, funny multi-volume book about love and competition, children and parents, the natural world and the art world, the Cold War and its aftermath, money, globalism, technology, women's bodies in the marketplace, women's bodies in the home, addiction, secrecy, hypocrisy, truth-telling--and tennis. This is a fan's novel, grounded in my love for the sport of tennis and its real-life players.
A young Jewish woman’s epic struggle to survive the 20th century's most pitiless decades, becomes a timely novel about women and family, exile, war, prejudice, and the testing of humanity’s spirit by the ultimate challenges.
Middlemarch is the sexy, funny, epic, teen lust-filled second volume of FAMEPUNK, a new novel for adults of all ages…A story of women in close contest--and closer embraces--taking professional tennis and primitive fantasy to their limits in the post-Cold War era.
Epitaphs and obituaries for the age of digital confession. Artists, athletes, activists, entertainers, evil-doers, rich widows, philosophers: here are 40 sharply observed, often humorous poems by the author of Famepunk.
Famepunk is a fast-paced, funny novel set in a fictional version of women's professional tennis history. The story opens in New York at the 1987 US Open, where a brash, yellow-eyed local unknown has just toppled a tournament favorite in an early round. On the trail of the mystery girl's story, reporter Ellen Nagoya discovers a world of gamblers, exiles, danger, tragedy, and forbidden love.
"Daisuki." (Lesbian Erotic Romance)
on May 08, 2013
I’m enjoying this series so much. I started with Daisuki, the first by publication date, and I’m glad I did. The action takes place in the 20th year of the main couple’s lesbian relationship. Dropped into the midst of a fully-developed fictional situation happening in a well-realized present-day Tokyo (houses, space heaters, neighbors, friends, family, soul-crushing office work, they’re all here) the reader is delighted to discover 40-ish Aiko and Reina having an astonishing amount of passionate, graphic sex—with each other, with a neighbor, with a woman they bring back from a club to their bedroom to share. It’s terrific. Beyond the eroticism there’s some keen social commentary and all the characters, from walk-ons to leads, are drawn with a sharp, sympathetic eye. At the same time, Daisuki and the other works in the series deal closely with “abstract” issue-problems like trust, intimacy, promiscuity, stigma, lesbian identity and lesbian desire. To all of which the enduring love of the central couple hazards a kind of “what if” solution. These are hopeful books. They’re also funny—funniest sometimes at their hottest. Hildred Billings is to be applauded for doing something original and really good with this series; highly recommended.
"Hatsukoi." (Lesbian Erotic Romance)
on May 08, 2013
Highly recommended. Hatsukoi is the second full-length novel in this series but the first chronologically, as it jumps back 20 years to the good girl-meets-bad girl beginnings of the main couple’s relationship. A candid, funny, charming yet believable study of first love merges seamlessly with long scenes of graphic eroticism; the result is highly romantic. Modern-day Tokyo provides the fascinating setting. Characters to really care about, sex scenes to be excited by, an enlightening immersion in Japanese culture—this is another rich, fulfilling, memorable read from author Hildred Billings. Treat yourself and tell your friends.