A people-pleasing bridesmaid-for-hire falls for the crushable new lesbian in town. Will she finally find her happily ever after--and her own voice?
Amy, a semi-closeted baker and bartender in mid-2010s Tulsa, Oklahoma, has spent a lifetime putting other people's needs before her own. Until, that is, she hits it off with Charley, a brilliant, attractive engineer who's just moved to Tulsa. Suddenly, Amy's found something--someone
--she actually wants. Her tightknit group of chosen family are thrilled she's finally moving on from her ex. Mostly, though, they want Amy to find a way to show up for love--and life--as her authentic self. But when a one-off gig subbing in as a bridesmaid turns into a full-time business--thanks to Amy's baking talents, crafting skills, and years watching rom-coms and Say Yes to the Dress
--her deep desire to please kicks into overdrive, at her own expense. It's not until Amy's precarious balancing act strains her relationships to the breaking point that she must decide what it looks like to be true to herself--and if she has the courage to try.
"Queerly Beloved is like a great cake: warm, light but still richly layered, and bursting with sweetness. A delightful debut, perfect for any person who's ever created their own place to belong."
, bestselling author of Red, White and Royal Blue
and One Last Stop
"Heartwarming and sparkling with originality."
, bestselling author of This Time Next Year
About the Author
Susie Dumond is a queer writer from Little Rock, Arkansas. She is a senior contributor at Book Riot, where she writes a monthly Horoscopes and Book Recommendations column, as well as various quizzes, book lists, and bookish news pieces. Susie received a bachelor of arts from the University of Tulsa and a master of arts in public policy and women's, gender, and sexuality studies from the George Washington University. Currently, she's probably making cupcakes at her home in Washington, D.C., with her partner, Mary, her dog, Waffles, and her cat, Maple.