Sisterhood of the Infamous is the story of the Ross sisters as they navigate through the murder investigation of Jasmine, a ground-breaking singer songwriter who is known both as America’s sweetheart and a popular role model for LGBTQ listeners. The story of Sisterhood of the Infamous is part murder mystery, part meditation on the costs of fame and celebrity, and part investigation into sibling rivalry, identity, and growing up LGBTQ in the 1970’s.
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LaForge was inspired to write the novel by the experiences of her sister, Susan “BR” Rosenberg. Rosenberg was a member of The Minors, an all-girl punk rock group. The Minors were locally known in Los Angeles, having its songs played on the famous “Rodney on the Rock” radio program on KROQ-FM; and appearing at clubs such as The Rock Corporation. Rosenberg died in 2010 of breast cancer. The murder of Jasmine is fiction and Rosenberg was never questioned or charged in any criminal case.
LaForge is a poet, novelist, and occasional essayist living in New York. She has published two full-length collections of poetry and a third, MEDUSA’S DAUGHTER, is forthcoming from Animal Heart Press in February 2021. Her first novel, THE HAWKMAN: A FAIRY TALE OF THE GREAT WAR (Amberjack Publishing), was a finalist for the Grand Prize and the Montaigne Medal in the 2019 Eric Hoffer awards (the leading prize in independent publishing). American Book Review called THE HAWKMAN “a novel of great complexity in rich, lyrical prose.” Her poetry and short fiction have been nominated for The Pushcart Prize, the storySouth Million Writers Award, and the Best of the Net collection.
Like the fictional Barbara’s sister, she studied ballet as a child and teenager. She has also worked as a journalist and college English instructor, and now reviews books for American Book Review. She also reads poetry for COUNTERCLOCK literary magazine.