Lauded as the “Queen of Lesbian Pulp” for her landmark novels of the 1950s, 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, I Am a Woman finds sorority sister Laura Landon leaving college heartbreak behind and embracing Greenwich Village's lesbian bohemia. This edition includes a new introduction by the author.
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“Shameless tales of wanton dyke lust are finally unveiled!” (Out)
rambunctiously soft spoken.
The second book we continue with the lovely and shy Laura she end's up in the village like a good little lesbian and drama ensues ,We meet Jack Mann and fall head over heels for him but he's gay so what you gotta do ,we are also introduced to the infamous Beebo Brinker ,Ann Bannon the writer intro's all her story's and I have found myself looking forward to them , she wrote these stories in the Fifties and the time's can be hard to get your head around but that just made me love it even more.
The second book in the five-book Beebo Brinker series. This book, also with a newly revised foreword by the author, appeared in 2002 re-published by Kleis Press and also remains very popular. This book sees Laura leaving school, going back to Chicago to live with her father and work at a job he found her, only to leave his house forever after a year because he is so abusive to her. She comes to New York and in particular to Greenwich Village in 1959. Bannon indicates that she was interested in pursuing the butch-fem theme so prevalent in the 1950’s. Laura moves in with another girl, gets a job as a receptionist for a radiology clinic, and meets a good friend of her roommate’s friend, Jack, who is gay and begins to introduce her to the gay scene in New York. Laura has all the tumultuous experiences of falling in love with a straight woman, being pursued by Beebo Brinker, a very out butch, and confronting her father. This book, also well written and well narrated by Kate Rudd, moves us along in Laura’s saga and also does not seem dated to many of us today.
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