Out

By Melissa Fondakowski

Magical realism, General fiction, Religion & spirituality, Romance | Paperback, eBook


When you’re from a small, traditionally Catholic town like Dani, coming Out can be rough. But when you find yourself in the big bad city of San Francisco, being Out can be lonely, especially when you feel like you don’t fit in anywhere: not with the poets, not with the Christians, not with the gays, not even, really, with your roommates. How does anyone ever find their place in the world, never mind their one true love? Well, by placing a personal ad, of course! And by climbing all of San Francisco’s secret stairway walks with your imaginary best friend: the famous poet, Frank O’Hara. Jesus died and rose again in three days—Life should be able to get better for Dani that fast. Right? Out is a fast-flying, coming-of-age novel based on the plot of Dante’s Purgatorio.




Melissa Fondakowski is a writer and fundraising strategy consultant. In 2013, she received a degree in Psychiatry and Religion from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, and in 1997 an MFA from Mills College in Oakland, Calif. Her chapbook of poetry entitled Impatiens was chosen as the winner of the 2001 Sow’s Ear Review poetry chapbook competition and was published in 2002. Her book reviews, articles, poetry and fiction have appeared in several magazines and journals including Santa Clara Review, Curve Magazine, Lodestar Quarterly, and Many Mountains Moving, and she was nominated for a pushcart prize in 2008. Melissa’s fundraising writing has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle. Melissa also has a podcast called Sermonarian which is essentially a podcast about nothing. Find it at: sermonarian.com; Sermonarian on YouTube; Sermonarian on iTunes and Google Play.


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Melissa Fondakowski is a writer and fundraising strategy consultant. In 2013, she received a degree in Psychiatry and Religion from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, and in 1997 an MFA from Mills College in Oakland, Calif. Her chapbook of poetry entitled Impatiens was chosen as the winner of the 2001 Sow’s Ear Review poetry chapbook competition and was published in 2002. Her book...


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