This book traces many, many seasons within a single year, following a close-knit circle of chosen family with a deep connection to the land and what it grows. With gorgeous illustrations by Larry Parker that highlight lyrical, sometimes poetic text, Necessity's Daughter is the literary equivalent of something cozy and sweet -- a warm mug in your hands, or the smell of cinnamon rolls.
"I like many of you have sat in isolation with far too much time and far too little holding me. I cried reading this collection. It washed over me with all the kind gentleness of a loving mother's kiss. These are the moments and experiences of love and family that we need in these days. I keep calling up my lovers and reading from the book, I encourage you to do the same." - Fern Z.
"Got my copy of Necessity's Daughter in the post today and it is every bit as good as I knew it would be. If you don't know Diane's work, you don't know what beauty is missing from your world." - Warren K.
“This book is pure magic. Not in the flashy, sparkly, fairytale way. It is magic in the gritty, savory, slow, intimate way. Dane’s queerfam have created a sacred community. Sacred because of their commitment to each other, because of the way they inhabit space and time together, and because, well, food makes things sacred. Dane invites us in, making space for us to join without diminishing what is already there. You can see the table, smell the food, and hear the comfortable hum of humans who have chosen each other deeply. It is both like a breath of fresh air and a hug you didn’t know you needed.” - Naomi H.
“Necessity’s Daughter arrived in my mailbox yesterday! And today, with much anticipation, I sat down and soaked it up (or should I say soaked it in?) I must tell you I was so captivated from one page to the next! I found it to be a most delightful read. [The] illustrations are magnificent and give the book and extra dose of warmth and meaning to the pages and stories. I found myself often stopping to dwell on the simplicity and beauty of the illustrations...It hit home really hard..." - Rick H.