Designated the “Queen of Lesbian Pulp” for her series of landmark novels beginning in 1957, Ann Bannon defined lesbian fiction for the pre-Stonewall generation. Following the release of Cleis Press's new editions of Beebo Brinker and Odd Girl Out, Women in the Shadows finds Laura in love among the lesbian bohemia of Greenwich Village. This edition features a new introduction by the author.
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“Sex. Sleaze. Depravity. Oh, the twisted passions of the twilight world of lesbian pulp fiction.” (Chicago Free Press)
“Shameless tales of wanton dyke lust are finally unveiled!” (Out)
In this, the third book in the chronicles, we continue to follow Laura as she experiments with and learns about love through various relationships. The dominant and darkest one was with Beebo Brinker, who was so desperate to hang on to Laura that she kept track of her every move, abused her and finally did other things to try to keep Laura in the relationship. Also in this book, we see Jack finally deciding that he needs to find a woman to marry to protect him against continuing to fall for young pretty boys who don’t stay with him, in his mid 40’s now. He finally convinces Laura to marry him. The idea is that they will each continue their gay relationships, but every night they’ll come home and eat together, and be together for the night,(not sexually of course) and start the day together in the morning. This marriage brings its own complications as previous lovers continue to interfere with both Jack and Laura. Bannon in this book brings forward some of the bleaker problems faced by lesbians in the 1950’s where the only place to meet people was in the gay bars. My least favorite book of the series. But also very revealing of the times.
rambunctiously soft spoken.
Brace yourself the third in the sires is a kick to the head and know mistake ,Ann got raked over the coals especially for this one because of it's content ,not for the faint hearted , Beebo and Laura are at braking point and there not shy about it I all most gave up on them both but well you'll see.
written in the fifties with fifties values these stories and this one in particular reflect this ,I love these books and I thank Ann Bannon ,and the Narrator she is amazing.
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