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Author/Editor: Dawn Winter on Sedating Elaine with Jenny Jackson

April 11, 2022

What can a numbed-out, brokenhearted lesbian do when her drug dealer threatens to dispatch his sadistic henchwoman on her unless she pays her debt? Simple. Invite the rebound girlfriend to move in, lie about the rent, and wait for her to fork over the money. When the new girlfriend’s unquenchable sex drive becomes a problem? Easy. Sedate her until the money comes through. This is the start of the whirlwind plot of Dawn Winter’s debut novel, Sedating Elaine. A so-called “LGBT Fleabag,” the story steps outside the box of the traditional LGBT romance novel, producing something equal parts hilariously twisted and deeply insightful.

Author Winter joined her editor, Jenny Jackson, for an exciting discussion on this rebellious and subversive novel. A must-see for all lovers of inventive LGBT narratives that challenge the status quo.

Photos by Kelsie Lynn Bennett

In Conversation

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    Dawn Winter

    Dawn Winter

    Dawn Winter lives in Essex, north of London, and studied English literature at the University of Roehampton. She has held a variety of jobs in prisons, hospices, kitchens, and factories. Sedating Elaine is her first novel.

  • Jenny Jackson Author photo credit Torrey Liddell - Claire Fennell

    Jennifer Jackson

    Jennifer Jackson

    Jennifer Jackson is a Vice President and Executive Editor at Knopf; she joined the group in 2002. Her authors include Emily St. John Mandel, Kevin Kwan, Erin Morgenstern, Lauren Fox, Selma Blair, Peter Heller, J. Courtney Sullivan, Helen Fielding, Jennifer Close, Chris Bohjalian, Helen Ellis, Ayobami Adebayo, Gabrielle Zevin, and Katherine Heiny. She is a graduate of Williams College and attended the Columbia Publishing Course.

    Photo Credit: Torrey Liddell