Linda Tagliamonte, author of the new release “Surrender Dorothy: A Memoir Living with MS” and several other books lives in Connecticut with her spouse. She is a graduate of Saint Joseph College where she majored in Mathematics. Her initial job was teaching, then years later worked as an insurance underwriter for various companies. Linda spent time during her thirties in Maine living in the woods, doing outreach work, writing articles, and editing a social justice newspaper.
Now, Linda is retired and enjoys golfing, writing, pickleball, and spending time with her friends.
It’s 1979. Dorothy in Wonderland is the journey of Dorothy, a 29-year-old idealistic, gay woman, whose first career in teaching puts her at odds with the patriarchal Catholic system. Her firing catapults her on a dreamlike adventure to the woods of Maine where she joins a primitive religious community made up of renegade nuns and a priest. Here she meets the Empress, the spiritual leader, and the female version of Narcissus and Goldmund ensues. Dorothy’s subsequent social work introduces her to several fascinating characters and synchronistic experiences. Eventually, a torrid affair with a Harvard student, ten years her junior, forces her to make new life choices.
This is a story of unrequited love. The honest revelation of internal and external struggles will touch secret places hidden in all. Written in a memoir style of stream-of-consciousness thoughts, the book offers access into Dorothy mind. Insights into the creative process, spirituality, sexuality, and the interaction of strong women are the work’s strengths.
Living with a spouse or significant other who has a serious medical condition can be a challenge.
This is a memoir about a sixteen-year love relationship where one of the partners has Multiple Sclerosis (MS), a potentially disabling disease. Over the years, the disease takes its toll, changing one partner from independent to dependent and the other from lover to caretaker. Anyone who has been in a similar relationship can identify with the tribulations the couple endures.
This is the second memoir by Linda Tagliamonte. Her first was titled Dorothy in Wonderland, A synchronistic journey to the self. Linda lives in Connecticut with her spouse. She is a graduate of Saint Joseph College.