Published in January 2017, Such Charming Exiles is the autobiographical story of the love and self-awareness of two gay women from the perspective of their 47 year relationship. The lessons they share about their struggles with societal, familial, and professional expectations hold true for all women.
MB Marilyn and Betty, thank you for talking with me about your new memoir, Such Charming Exiles: How Two Gay Women Learned to Live Openly and Love Fiercely. What made you decide to share this story now?
MM Betty and I have been together for 47 years and we’ve been through a lot together. In the late 1960s and early ’70s our country was in turmoil, and it was especially challenging for minority groups. And now it’s not just hard for women or African Americans or for gay rights but for all of us, all over the world. We’re hoping that some of the lessons we’ve learned might help others.