This is a prequel and I stupidly read it first not knowing but what can you do ,if you read the other books first you would all ready be introduced to..Show More » Miss Brinker but if like me you go here first this introduces you to a young lesbian running away from her past and into the Village a Lesbo Mecca there she meet's the great Jack Mann a Homosexual who take's her in and teaches her about her new world . This was written in the fifty's it's not just set there, the language and the opinions reflect that fact something of which I found quite fascinating ,Ann Bannon the writer give's an intro and I enjoyed that as much as the book it's self ,also I would like to give a nod to the narrator outstanding.
Laura is a young lass at collage where she meets the lovely Beth feelings and a few other things are explored but I wont spoil it for you ,this was..Show More » written in the fifty's by the brilliant Ann Bannon who also introduces the book,some how make's it timeless, maybe it's just love and broken hearts that are timeless ( sigh ) . It is a time warp and I enjoyed it thoroughly .
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 ..Show More »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.
In this, the third book in the chronicles, we continue to follow Laura as she experiments with and learns about love through various relationships. Th..Show More »e 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.
In this, the fourth book in the Beebo Brinker chronicles, we find Beth, having been married for nine years, realizing that she can’t stay in the marri..Show More »age, even with two children, and knowing that she needs to find out once and for all whether or not she is a lesbian. In her fantasies, she has always considered the time with Laura, from Odd Girl Out, to be the most beautiful and fulfilled time in her life, so she sets out to find Laura to determine whether she still loves Laura, whether Laura still loves her, and whether they can begin where they left off. This is the book in which Beth goes through many things and grows up. A compelling read and a continued narrative in this chronicle of the 1950’s and early ‘60’s.