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Defying Norms in Love and Medicine

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Kirkus Reviews, Starred

Named one of the Best 100 Indie Books of 2022 by Kirkus Reviews

“An honest, heart-rending memoir about finding oneself.”

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About the Book


Release Date: October 11, 2022

ISBN: 9781647422738

Order from Ingram Publishing Services, Baker and Taylor, and Overdrive

Formats: Print, eBook, Audiobook

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What was it like to survive an illegal abortion, come out as a lesbian, and train to become a doctor in the late 1960s and early ’70s—before Roe v. Wade, before Title IX, and in a largely homophobic nation?

In this unflinching and riveting coming-of-age memoir, Patricia Grayhall chronicles her journey from believing she is the only lesbian in Arizona to dipping her toes into dating in San Francisco, attending medical school in Salt Lake City as one of only five women in a class of one hundred, and completing an internship as the only woman in her cohort in Boston. Battling sexism in a male-dominated profession, she plunges into a life that is never boring—and certainly never without passion.

Tossed around in the rough seas of medical training, chronically exhausted and emotionally drained, Patricia chafes against the toxic masculinity of the culture of medicine and yearns for the same care and support her male colleagues receive from their wives and girlfriends. But while the sexual revolution and women’s movement in 1970s Boston celebrate female eroticism, they provide few models for moving beyond desire and sustaining a healthy relationship with a woman—Patricia soon discovers that maintaining a loving, stable relationship is not easy.

This book, named one of Kirkus Reviews’ Best 100 Indie Books of 2022, is the story of how Patricia navigates these stormy seas without signposts to reach the shores she seeks—often battered, but never broken.

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Robin Tyler, producer, activist, comic

Making the Rounds is a fast-paced, inspiring, and accessible true story of a young lesbian’s struggle to enter the male-dominated profession of medicine in the ‘70s while concurrently learning, through a series of heartbreaking and endearing encounters, to be her authentic self in a loving relationship with another woman. I highly recommend this book—a great read exploring issues that are as relevant today as ever.”

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