Tee Franklin, Jenn St-Onge and Joy San
Another F/F romance (I have a lot of them this month!), Bingo Love tells the story of Hazel and Mari, two girls who met at a bingo game in the 60s, fell in love, and were forced apart by their families. I don’t tend to review graphic novels on this blog; but for this one, and for Pride Month, I’ll make an exception.
I SOBBED at the end of this beautiful little book. Mari and Hazel love each other SO. MUCH. And what they go through is heartbreaking. When they meet in the 60s, loving the same gender is not very accepted, so when they’re caught kissing, they’re separated and forced to marry men. Hazel’s marriage, at least, is an amiable one. The book doesn’t get into details on Mari’s marriage, only that she divorced him.
The book is also very intersectional! Both black women, one bisexual, both girls at the beginning and grandmothers at the end, with large families. Hazel is gorgeously curvy with naturally kinky hair, Mari willowy and tall.
I think the problem with reviewing graphic novels is that they’re so short it’s hard to say much without giving away plot! But if you’re looking for a very easy read for Pride, this graphic novel is definitely a good place to start. Bring tissues.
From the cover of Bingo Love:
Bingo Love is a story of a same-sex romance that spans over 60 years. A chance meeting at church bingo in 1963 brings Hazel Johnson and Mari McCray together. Through their formative years, these two women develop feelings for each other and finally profess their love for one another.
Forced apart by their families and society, Hazel and Mari both married young men and had families. Decades later, now in their mid 60’s, Hazel and Mari are reunited again at a bingo hall. Realizing their love for each other is still alive, what these grandmothers do next takes absolute strength and courage.
I don’t read a lot of graphic novels, but this one sounds pretty good! 🙂 Must have been really hard being both black and gay in that time period.