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I'm just re-reading Well of Loneliness to do a joint review on my book blog (the Lesbrary).
Right now I am reading The Road Home by Frankie J Jones.
I just looked up the Micky Knight series and have hadded it to my wish list. Thanks for the suggestion.
I'm re-reading Annie On My Mind for a joint review at the Lesbrary.
"Tully felt an emotion open up inside her like some exotic flower. She could practically smell its honeyed scent in the air. For the first time in her life, she felt totally safe with someone."
YES. Wow, do I remember that feeling....
I agree that the question, "Why is the measure of love loss?" IS a very interesting statement. If I were to venture a guess at the answer, I would say that it's because real love is commodity, and we're used to settling for whatever we can get. It is one of the themes in my book.
By the way, I don't get to this site too often, but when I do, I enjoy participating.
All the best,
Author of Rose's Will
And I disagree that Winterson is our only 'literary' lesbian author. Of course, I also probably also see more value than some others of non-'literary' lesbian fiction. In fact, I love stuff by Karin Kallmaker, or Erin Dutton Josie Gordon, or KG MacGregor or even Peggy Herring and wish that my library/library system would get more of those instead of focusing on the lesbian fic that's 'literary'.
As an aside, holey moley that was a lotta touchstones... :)
I'll check out the authors you mentioned. Thanks Daniel.
Uh, but don't go out of your way to read Peggy Herring. They've gotten better, but some of her first ones were... harder to read....
And >44 therealdavidsmith:... sorry, don't like Joyce, and I looked up Pessoa, don't think that I'd like his stuff either. Honestly I don't want to read something that's all philosophical, and I think that you can get that sort of thing just as well from a very well written Margaret Maron (not a lesbian author or one who writes a lesbian character, just an awesome mystery writer) as from a 'I'm going to make my sentences twelve pages long' Henry James or whatever....
I can't tell how it would read to someone who hasn't been there... has anyone read it?
What I am reading at the moment:
Laurie Edwards' In the Kingdom of the Sick: A Social History of Chronic Illness in America, and Kate Atkinson's first novel (published in 1996), Behind the Scenes at the Museum.
Neither are lesbian books, per se, but both are good books written by women. And since women who have chronic autoimmune diseases vastly outnumber men (ratios range from 2:1 to 9:1, depending on the disease), Edwards' book is as relevant to lesbians as to straight or bisexual women.
The 7 4+ star rating books read by me this year so far which fall into lesbian fiction:
Alexis Hall - Iron & Velvet - 5 stars
Robin Roseau - The Emergency Claus - 4.75
Barbara Ann Wright - The Pyramid Waltz - 5 & For Want of a Fiend - 4
K.E. Lane - And Playing the Role of Herself - 5
Cari Hunter - Snowbound - 4.65
Jae - True Nature - 4.65 stars
List is in order read except for the For Want of a Fiend, which I just finished.
Has anyone else read this book? What did you think?
Read The Friendly Young Ladies. Parts were hilarious, but the ending is maddening. Anyone else read that one?
*everyone* should read more winterson.
i don't love everything i've read by her, but what i've loved, i've *loved* and will give everything a go.
(a literature t.a. in college that thought i had a crush on her - she was right but i didn't know it at the time - casually recommended that i read oranges are not the only fruit to give me the hint that i was queer. that was my introduction to that book and to winterson!)
I second that! The Passion is still my favorite, though.
i've never read her but eventually want to. does she have lesbian content? i had assumed she didn't...
To each their own of course, everyone loves different books, but, I didn't think that Sing You Home was one of Picoult's best books.
Of course I've seen this before, but this time I was really struck by how we are no longer relegated to books specifically about being queer and that we are no longer a big deal.
This feels like a big victory to me.
anyway, will be reading etched in shadows for book group once i finish the book i'm in right now...
It's not my usual cup of tea, but, it was masterfully (or mistressly done? :)) done and it's awesome that it got published in print and not just on the web (now I just have to figure out how to write its review since I read an ARC of it...)
I just finished Blue Horses Mary Oliver's new poetry collection. For the first time that I can recall, she includes a few love poems. In "I Woke", Oliver describes watching her new lover sleeping:
“thinking I was intruding, / yet wanting to see / the most beautiful thing // that has ever been in my house."
As always, I'm looking for lesbian voices that are outside of what is typically available. The brand new love-life of an elderly poet certainly qualifies and makes me happy to boot.
Bradshaw has been nominated thrice for the Lambda Literary Awards.
as much as you all read i can't believe you hadn't gotten to this one yet! (no offense.) i think that the movie is more subtextual, with maybe a hint and nothing more, but the book is quite explicit in the relationship. it's wonderful. it's one that i've read a handful of times and would never mind reading again and again. (although not my favorite walker - by the light of my father's smile gets that nod from me, also with explicit lesbian content, although not a ton.)
For anyone interested, there is also an anthology of lesbian steampunk with the wonderful name, Steam-Powered. I haven't read it but heard positive things from a friend IRL.
One of those books you start, and when you resurface it's many hours and you've completed the book. I'd recommend it.
The story takes place in LA / Hollywood, the mystery surrounding the long lost granddaughter of a recently deceased movie star and how she comes into the lives of the two protagonist best friends. At times I thought the plot progressed just a little too conveniently, but I do enjoy books that come with pleasant surprises and happy endings.
i'm so glad that book is getting out there! i think that karelia stetz-waters is a really fantastic writer. we'll be reading this book for book group in april, i think.
This one was a 2015 ALA Stonewall Book Award nominee in the literature category.
i've been looking forward to this since it came out so am trying to temper my excitement.
it's a book group read, so i'll also get to hear what a few others think about it next week.
1. Love in the Time of Global Warming.
So, I've only read one lesbian fiction title this year, this YA (or possible middle grade) book. It's a sort of retelling of the Odyssey, using a magical realism style. This story features multiple queer youth characters.
2. Irritable Hearts: A PTSD Love Story
I'm currently reading a memoir by a bisexual woman, but most relationships detailed in the book are with men.
3. Shameless: A Sexual Reformation by Nadia Bolz-Weber and Walking the Bridgeless Canyon by Kathy Baldock.
I've also read portions of two religion books that feature content and commentary on gay Christians.
I've already read the latter more than once, and it's the most well-researched book I've ever read on this subject and I highly recommend it for anyone struggling with how to talk to people about the history of "homosexuality" and the church. I think it can be completely eye-opening for straight readers, and I've found that even gay readers learn a lot about not just the church and our society, but also about queer history. It is a really thought-provoking book.
(Definitely not putting all the covers in here ;))
The Origin of Heartbreak by Cara Malone
Take Me Home
Dawn of Change
A Chapter on Love
Beyond the Breakwater
Distant Shores, Silent Thunder
Storms of Change
Winds of Fortune
Love on Lavender Lane
Dark Passions, Book 1
Dark Passions, Book 2
Pretending in Paradise
Recipe for Love
Bombshells United, Vol. 3: Taps
Love to the Rescue
A Lover's Mercy by Fiona Zedde
Write Your Own Script by A.L. Brooks
Some of these were ARCs, some I've gotten over the years, some through the library. I love that I have so many ways to get books.
My current read as of this post is Not the Marrying Kind byJae, her newest I do believe, that just came out or is just coming out really soon?
(Here's hoping I don't break the Touchstones when I hit Post Message on this message... fingers crossed.... :) )
Also, I always recommend Radclyffe. Not all her books are perfect, but, the series that starts with Safe Harbor and is set in Provincetown is pretty awesome. As someone who also has read a lot of thrillers/mysteries it has just enough of that in it to interest me.
I also just got done with Not the Marrying Kind by Jae, it's the sequel to Perfect Rhythm. And they're both pretty awesome.
I've been focusing on other genres, so I've hardly read any queer fiction this year, but I'm hoping to catch up in the latter half of 2019!
I love reading, I love TV, I love movies, and somehow I have a job too (librarian, but, alas, they don't let me read at work, although I did convince them to let me have a Tumblr Recommendation Blog (mwahahahahaha)