Ten Classic Books Every Lesbian Should Read

1. Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown (1973)

Brown broke new ground with her lesbian love affair, and in doing so, gave permission for many girls to put aside their JuicyFruit gum to embrace the rubyfruit inside. With a lot of humor and an “Everydyke” quality, this 1973 novel remains timeless.

Black-smith2. Fingersmith by Sarah Waters (1980)

Plot twists in Waters’ historical fiction call for inevitable comparisons to Charles Dickens, but, of course, Chuck didn’t include any exciting lesbian sex scenes and a sweatshop focusing on making pornographic texts. . If he did, we would all be more interested in historical fiction.

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patience and sarah3. Patience and Sarah by Isabel Miller (1969)

If Laura Ingalls had an affair with Nellie Olsen on the prairie, you might get a feel for Miller’s popular historical novel. Written in 1969, Miller’s book explores issues such as delicate early forays into lesbian sex, cross-dressing despite being labeled “outrageous” and leaving home to make your own place in the world.

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4. Whistle Stop Cafe Fried Green Tomatoes by Fannie Flagg (1987)

You’ve seen the movie, now read the book – it’s only slightly less enigmatic in its statement of a sexual relationship between two women living in Alabama in the early 1900s. parallels between collecting honey and seduction and battles for food with love.

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5. Crybaby Butch by Judith Frank (2004)

If you don’t like the typical tension when two butch women are in a room with a woman, then this book is not for you. Frank writes about the parallel lives of two butch women who have crossed paths. Frank’s prose is beautiful and his characters are of interesting complexity, which provides a more realistic conceptualization of the butch continuum.

6. Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg (1993)

For something more “old school”, Feinberg’s classic autobiographical novel, Stone Butch Blues, was the genre’s flagship text. He reveals without flinching the undersides of butch culture before it becomes socially acceptable – even on the fringes – to be stoned, boi, tranny, tomboy, top, futch or whatever serves to define masculine and masculine. feminine dancing in all of us.

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seven. Oranges aren’t the only fruit by Jeanette Winterson (nineteen eighty one)

This novel is based on biblical analogies and accuses the fiery, conservative religion

Culture and anti-intellectual absurdity like the death of passion and freedom. Winterson is a literary carpenter, taking liberties with style and form that may leave some readers a little confused, but still better off reading her semi-autobiographical account.

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8. The Color Purple by Alice Walker (1982)

This book isn’t about being a lesbian per se, although there are sparks in the sultry love scenes between Shug and Celie. Set in the Deep South, Walker’s tour de force is a glimpse into an uneducated African-American woman’s struggle to overcome illiteracy, domestic violence and displacement.

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9. Bastard out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison (1992)

Allison, a lesbian writer, created in Bone a young heroine as endearing and memorable as To Kill A Mockingbird’s Scout Finch. The book portrays the good, the bad and the ugly southern women and the choices they must make to save themselves.

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ten. Julia Darling’s Crocodile Soup (2000)

A contemporary novel set in today’s England, Darling gives us a charming glimpse of Gert, who is ready to love after mending a broken heart and ready to reenter the world by making himself visible. A little dark in humor, the book is a parade of weird balls, crazy jobs and emotional recklessness, much like your last dinner party.

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