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Ladies-Lovin’-Ladies Books

I was reading something yesterday – I forget what – and it reminded me of a book I read called An Emergence of Green. I picked it up when I got home from work, and I think it’s one of those books I like the idea of more than the actual book. It was written in the ‘80s, and it’s about this lady who’s in an unfulfilling marriage, and then this free-spirited artist woman moves in next door to her, and they become best friends and then they have naked times, which is my mature way of talking about the situation.

The husband’s way too vilified (there’s a rape scene near the end), but it’s not a super-long book, so the fact it’s not stellarly (new word) written isn’t a big problem. The main focus is on Caroline (main character) finding herself and not being smothered by her husband, etc etc. I liked it enough.

Anyway, who knows with my particular flist, but I signed up for a GLBT reading challenge for this year, and does anyone know of anything good besides Sarah Waters? I’ve read Tipping the Velvet and Fingersmith, both of which were really good, but I’m assuming there ARE other good authors out there. And I don’t think I have to clarify, but just in case, I do not want to read about two dudes gettin’ up in each other’s business. I am planning on reading at least one other Sarah Waters book this year, The Night Watch, because I got it at a used book sale, but that’s the only one.

Help meeeeeeee.


edit: OMG HOW DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS


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violettavalery
Feb. 8th, 2011 06:29 pm (UTC)
*marks down book about Anne Lister*

Thank yooou.
madamevoilanska
Feb. 8th, 2011 04:44 pm (UTC)
I know you're not necessarily interested in the men stuff, but you should read Maurice by E.M. Forster. It's beautiful--and because it's Forster, there's actually no sex at all. It's my favorite Forster after Howards End.

Oh, and The Passion by Jeanette Winterson. Pretty much anything by Jeanette Winterson.

violettavalery
Feb. 8th, 2011 06:29 pm (UTC)
Noooo. No dudes. Utterly uninterested.

Is The Passion about dudes or ladies?
madamevoilanska
Feb. 8th, 2011 08:01 pm (UTC)
Ladies. I mean, I think the character has sex with a man at one point, but she falls in love with a woman. Also, Fall On Your Knees by Ann Marie MacDonald has a pretty significant lesbian subplot.
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madamevoilanska
Feb. 8th, 2011 06:09 pm (UTC)
Ohhh, Sid and Rachel are lovely. And I thought of Daughters of Jerusalem as well (did I read that on your recommendation? Possibly...), but I didn't enjoy the book enough overall to recommend it.
violettavalery
Feb. 8th, 2011 06:31 pm (UTC)
Hm. That's interesting, because I have a book called Odd Girl Out on my Kindle, written by Ann Bannon in like the '40s or '50s or something.

You guys keep talking about the Cazalet Chronicles, so I might check those out. ;)
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violetsnvalium
Feb. 8th, 2011 07:17 pm (UTC)
Jeanette Winterson!! Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, GUT Symmetries, The Passion, etc etc. If you want girl-on-girl easy reading trash, go for Karin Kallmaker. Alice Walker, The Color Purple.

Anyway, here you go: http://www.afterellen.com/taxonomy/term/461
violettavalery
Feb. 8th, 2011 09:06 pm (UTC)
I can't watch the film version of The Color Purple because it makes me cry too much. But enough people have recc'd Jeanette Winterson at this point that I'll definitely read at least Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit.
violetsnvalium
Feb. 9th, 2011 09:03 am (UTC)
The book of The Color Purple is a zillion times better than the film, and much less schmaltzy. They're not really all that similar, really.
madamevoilanska
Feb. 9th, 2011 02:53 pm (UTC)
Agreed. It's a beautiful book that I read in about two sittings--but I think the movie is like a Lifetime movie with some famous people in it.
violetsnvalium
Feb. 9th, 2011 09:49 pm (UTC)
EXACTLY. Far too sentimental and "heart-warming" for me.
nineveh_uk
Feb. 8th, 2011 08:38 pm (UTC)
Daughters of Egalia by Gerd Brantenberg is superficially about blokes, but it is actually about women and gender and patriarchy and political lesbianism. It is also one of the funniest books I have ever read. The English translation is also a work of genius.
violettavalery
Feb. 8th, 2011 09:07 pm (UTC)
*perks up* Funny, you say?

*adds to list*
nineveh_uk
Feb. 8th, 2011 09:11 pm (UTC)
Hysterical. Or as the book would put it, testerical.
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