Climbing the Date Palm: a bisexual fairy tale about faith, justice, and family

A fantasy novel about labor rights? It’s true! Here’s the eBook link; print is coming soon.DatePalm-8.5x11_flyer-JD

Prince Kaveh, the youngest son of the king of the City of Red Clay, is bisexual, and is completely besotted with Farzin, the engineer his father hired to oversee the improvements to the city’s roads and bridges. However, the king doesn’t share his positive feelings. After Farzin ends up at the head of the protest that ensues when the workers are only paid a third of their promised wages, he’s thrown in prison and is scheduled to be executed.

Queen Shulamit, who rules over the neighboring nation of Perach, is eager to assist the desperate prince. She, too, loves justice and has a same-sex partner. She’s also hoping Kaveh, with his royal blood, is willing to give her and her sweetheart a legitimate heir in exchange. But can she find a peaceful solution that will pacify the king next door, get his workers fairly paid, and free Farzin, or will she and her dragon-riding bodyguard Rivka have to go to war? 

Poster artwork by Rebecca Schauer and Jane Dominguez

 

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About Shira

Queer Jewish feminist author
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