Janet Mason is an award winning writer of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry whose literary commentary is regularly featured on This Way Out, an international LGBT radio news syndicate based in Los Angeles and aired on more than 400 radio stations in the U.S. and abroad. She is also a blogger for The Huffington Post.
Her book Tea Leaves, a memoir of mothers and daughters was published by Bella Books in 2012. Tea Leaves has been nominated for inclusion in the 2012 ALA list of notable LGBT Books and is featured by the Lambda Literary Foundation’s Literary Book Club. The review and reader’s guidelines can be found at http://www.lambdaliterary.org/book-club/
Tea Leaves tells the story of mothers and daughters, embarking when the narrator’s mother is diagnosed with fourth-stage cancer. A dutiful daughter, the narrator proceeds to take care of her mother, 74-year-old Jane, and enters a deeper understanding of her own life through her mother’s stories. Her grandmother (born in 1899) was a spinner in a textile mill and white glove wearing lady of her generation, her mother (born in 1920) was an office worker and feminist ahead of her time. The narrator has taken the foundation of her mother’s life and forged her own – taking her mother’s feminism one step further in becoming a lesbian and becoming the first in her family to graduate from college. Tea Leaves is a story of gender and class, identity and sexuality but, most of all, it is about love.