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Emily M. Danforth & Erica Edsell

Emily M. Danforth (born January 17, 1980) is an American author. She is Assistant Professor of English at Rhode Island College, teaching creative writing and literature. Her debut novel, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, was published in February 2012.

Danforth was born and raised in Miles City, Montana. She attended Hofstra University, where she came out. She received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Montana and earned her Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island, with her partner Erica E. Edsell.

"Erica Edsell and I have been E2 (E-squared) since our junior year of college. (I won't tell you just how long that's been, exactly, but awhile. Definitely awhile). During the entirety of this time she has been UNBELIEVABLY supportive of me "making-a-go at this writing thing," even though I'm not sure that such dedicated support has been, frankly, always warranted on my part.

Shortly after college she packed-up and moved across country with me to the mountain town of Missoula, Montana (some 2500 miles away from her family in Pennsylvania) so I could enroll in the MFA in fiction program at the university there.

Luckily: we both loved Missoula--it's a beautiful, vibrant place. (And, hello individual glazed lemon poppyseed Bundt cakes from the Good Food Store: we'll take twelve.) Then, two years later we moved to Lincoln, Nebraska so that I could get my Ph.D in English from UNL--despite that neither of us a knew a soul in Cornhusker country before moving there. We bough a money-pit of a fixer-upper house from 1900--a place with a--unbeknownst to us--severe snake infestation--and stayed for five years, during which time I completed and sold my first novel. I should mention, here, that Erica has a job that requires her to travel 225+ days a year. And that she's had this job for seven years, mostly to help support her poor-grad-student, struggling-writer-partner. AKA: me.


Emily M. Danforth (born January 17, 1980) is an American author. Her debut novel, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, was published in February 2012. "Erica Edsell and I have been E2 (E-squared) since our junior year of college. (I won't tell you just how long that's been, exactly, but awhile. Definitely awhile). A good friend of mine who's also an author recently said to me "You can have blah, blah (his boyfriend) and I'll take Erica. Let's trade." He was joking, of course, but my response wasn't: "No way," I told him. "Go find your own Erica. And good luck with that, because there aren't anymore out there.""

But it's not just life-changing moves and taking on a mortgage that show Erica's support and love, it's things like the notes of encouragement she leaves around the house for me to find while she's away. Or the treats she hauls home from our favorite bakery in the Minneapolis airport--just because. Or that she'll say, frequently (and mean it), "I really, really wish that you had more time just to write," even though the two of us have just spent 3 hours catching-up on our DVR queue of crappy cable programming.

A good friend of mine who's also an author recently said to me "You can have blah, blah (his boyfriend) and I'll take Erica. Let's trade." He was joking, of course, but my response wasn't: "No way," I told him. "Go find your own Erica. And good luck with that, because there aren't anymore out there.""

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emily_M._Danforth & apocalypsies.blogspot.it/2012/02/who-do-we-love.html

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by emily m. danforth
Paperback: 480 pages
Publisher: Balzer + Bray; Reprint edition (May 28, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062020579
ISBN-13: 978-0062020574
Amazon: The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Amazon Kindle: The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Set in rural Montana in the early 1990s, emily m. danforth’s The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a powerful and widely acclaimed YA coming-of-age novel in the tradition of the classic Annie on My Mind.

Cameron Post feels a mix of guilt and relief when her parents die in a car accident. Their deaths mean they will never learn the truth she eventually comes to—that she's gay. Orphaned, Cameron comes to live with her old-fashioned grandmother and ultraconservative aunt Ruth. There she falls in love with her best friend, a beautiful cowgirl. When she’s eventually outed, her aunt sends her to God’s Promise, a religious conversion camp that is supposed to “cure” her homosexuality. At the camp, Cameron comes face to face with the cost of denying her true identity.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a stunning and provocative literary debut that was a finalist for the YALSA Morris Award and was named to numerous “best” lists.

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