About the book:
How do you live an authentic life while keeping a secret? This is Carol Anderson’s struggle throughout her award-winning debut memoir.
Carol grew up in an era when being gay was against the law in most states, and in opposition to cultural and religious mores throughout society. Fearing rejection, she hid the truth from her loving Christian parents and from others significant in her life. The cost was a painful emotional distance that could not be bridged for years.
Thanks to the feminist movement, she found the freedom to love whomever she chooses and the courage to come out to her mother after her father’s death. The news was received with both love and reservation, and, ultimately, acceptance. Carol’s deep respect for her parents, and theirs for her, shines through her own confusion and struggle to be true to herself.
This memoir allows people to experience the complex, invisible dynamics that arise for those forced to cover up a part of themselves to survive. It also provides life lessons for anyone hiding a core and frightening truth about themselves.
Candid and poignant, You Can’t Buy Love Like That celebrates the hard-won rewards of finding one’s courageous heart and achieving self-acceptance and self-love.