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A Lesbian Belle’s Out and Proud Path from Mississippi to the Stage and Page

A purple boa curls into a feathery collar on the cover of Elizabeth McCain’s new book—a whimsical nod to her knowing half-smile, her extrovert nature and a pivotal moment that preceded her life as a lesbian. The boa shows up early in her just-published memoir, “A Lesbian Belle Tells: OUTrageous Southern Stories of Family, Loss, and Love,” as a prop in a ploy that goes maddeningly sideways.