Bully is a fast paced legal thriller where “The L Word” meets “Kramer vs Kramer.” Bully begins in the 1980s when courts routinely stripped LGBT parents of their parental rights solely because they were gay. Bully then shifts to the 2000s to explore a typical lesbian relationship wherein Lisa meets Windy and they quickly fall for each other, despite Lisa’s plans for a baby.
Although Lisa and Windy never marry, when Lisa breaks it off because Windy reveals herself to be a deadbeat, Windy files for custody of Lisa’s daughter to fatal effect… Bully explores the legal and emotional issues faced by single parents in the LGBT community and leaves readers asking the question: what rights do parents really have?
It has been said, “In a world without law, you have chaos, oppression and tyranny and everyone doing what is right in their own eyes.” Bully is that story.
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Emme Dun has been a lawyer for 23 years working in both the private and public sectors including clerking for a trial court judge. While in law school, Emme served as the president of the LGBT student group and had her student note published in the law journal. Bully is her first novel.
Emme Dun is a new author for me to read and I just loved the way she wrote this book. With Emme Dun being a lawyer in Ohio, she is able to bring in a lot of her legal knowledge into this book.
The story starts in the 1980’s – when the AIDS pandemic was in full force. The story is about Lisa – who (even though she is gay) wants to start a family. Lisa then meets Windy – a beautiful woman who sweeps her off her feet. Lisa and Windy fall madly in love with each other. The story then moves – where Lisa and Windy don’t get married but Lisa has a baby girl. Things start to not go so well between them and Lisa and Windy separate. Then the problems start with Windy trying to take custody of Lisa’s daughter. I don’t write spoilers – so you will just have to read the book to find out what happens.
There is a lot of law information given in this book (lots of cases sited and the information about those cases) in regards to the rights of LGBT community and the rights of those parent in custody battles. This is a very different type of book for me to read – but OMG, it really did explain the logistics about the difficult circumstances that they have to experience. Although some of the book appears a little complex, it is still an interesting book that will hold your attention to the end.