— Emma Donoghue, author of The Sealed Letter and Slammerkin
“Verge is that rare thing, a comic literary novel with heart and depth. Who knew that recovery, nuns, and videotaping could be such a blast!”
—Michelle Huneven, author of Jamesland
“Verge is powerful, quirky, and fresh. Z Egloff creates a rich, inclusive world and a heroine who’s one of the most endearingly fallible characters I’ve met in a long time.”
—Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home
“With Verge, Z Egloff enters the ring of lesbian fiction with the assurance of an old hand. This is a talented writer I hope we hear from again, and soon.”
— Carol Anshaw, author of Aquamarine
Verge was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award and two Golden Crown Literary Awards.
Can a two-timing, Twelve-stepping, twenty-something temptress find happiness with a nun?
Claire McMinn has three goals: to stay sober, to stay away from sex, and to get into film school. As Verge begins, her last goal is jeopardized when a past affair with a professor’s wife catches up with her and she is kicked out of his class. In her quest to obtain a video camera to complete the course work on her own, she is introduced to Sister Hilary, a nun who runs a local community center. Claire gets the camera, a volunteer job at Sister Hilary’s agency, and a tangle of complications.
Will her feelings for the nun threaten her sobriety-imposed hiatus from sex? Can she finish her project in the presence of such an alluring distraction? Or will she fall back with Shelly, an ex-girlfriend now fleeing the vestiges of an abusive relationship? And what about Rita, the professor’s wife, the dalliance from Claire’s past that crashes into her present? Can Claire stay sober, sexually and otherwise?