October 21, 2020

We Were Promised Spotlights

By Lindsay Sproul’07
G.P. Putnam, 2020

We Were Promised Spotlights by Lindsay Sproul?07 Set in the late 1990s in a small New England town, this young adult novel is the coming-out story of Taylor Garland, the homecoming queen and life of the party, who is experiencing the uncertainties of her senior year in high school. At the center of a very small universe, she faces a prescribed future: She’s expected to stay in town, get married, and maybe become a dental hygienist. While she dates one of the most popular guys in school, she has feelings for her best friend, and wants nothing more than to leave her hometown and forge a future that’s very different from the one that others have in mind for her. Kirkus Reviews calls the book “an enjoyable debut” that explores the “coming-of-age lesbian aspect of the novel with humor and tenderness.”

Lindsay Sproul teaches creative writing at Loyola University-New Orleans, La.

Also In This Issue

  • Button reading “Survived the Blackout!” from the October 1983 power outage in Blaisdell, Bushnell, and Peet.

    When the Lights Went Out

  • Autumn foliage in the Poetry Garden.

    Farewell to Poetry Garden Artist

  • Helen Damon-Moore administers the Inside-Out Program at Cook County Jail on behalf of DePaul University.

    They Said, ‘We Need Soap’

  • Kate Mattes’69

    In Remembrance: Kate Mattes’69, Purveyor of Mysteries


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