Dawn Elizabeth Waters may not have brought her Xanax (we offered her one; she declined), but she did bring her wife Yvette for a quick sit down about her frank and, honestly, refreshing memoir Switching Teams. Publicizing her life is not really her bag, but she really wanted to present a clear, often poignant, recount of what it is to find that you are living a life that isn’t yours – that having a husband and three children, holding a real-estate license for the purpose of appearances and squelching your own reality, these are not necessarily the seeds of authenticity.
Growing past the 40-year-old line, Waters wanted to make a statement that is too often unheard, buried in the noise of normalcy or explicit overstatement. Waters is a lesbian. She’s also an ex-wife and mother of three who used to consider herself background noise in the suburban dream. She climbed out, found Yvette (who is also present for our interview), and decided to document the realities – minus the histrionics – of coming into her own and out of society’s shadows. A shock of blond hair kicked to the side and some palpable nervousness in tow, Waters knocks it out of the park with her candor and kindness.
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