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I'm looking for some good lesbian novels. I want something contemporary (say, written and taking place after 1980), but if there's one you love that's older, let me know.

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I'm a huge fan of Sarah Waters' work, and also remain ever-devoted to Rita Mae Brown.

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"Annie on my Mind" by Nancy Garden, hands down. It's from 1982, so it's a bit older, but I found it at the library ten years ago when I was just starting to come to terms with my sexuality, and it went a long way in making me feel better about myself.

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I found "Annie on my Mind" about ten years ago too, I should look back at it.

I've tried to read Sarah Waters a few times but couldn't get into it. I think it's the sort of thing where I'll pick up a book of hers again at some point and love it. I'd also like to try Rita Mae Brown but I don't think it's what I'm in the mood for right now.

I want something that's more familiar to me. Like something from the perspective of a college student, or like a marriage novel. Like an adult smart dyke going about her life in recent times--everyday things, interpersonal things, work, relationships, being alone, around people.

People I've read who have the flavor of what I'm after but aren't writing about lesbians are Ann Beattie, Francine Prose and Jane Smiley. I also really like Michael Cunningham--something like "A Home at the End of the World" or with the kind of characters/atmosphere in the modern chapters in "The Hours" is what I'm jonesing for.

I saw on another thread where Heather recommended previous Lambda literary winner lists as a way to find books, which I hadn't thought of, and I got some great ideas there. But I'd totally like to hear any other recommendations.

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That's kind of why I like Brown, actually, but how about Jeanette Winterson then?

Or Jane Rule, Sarah Schulman, Paula Martinac or Dorothy Allison?

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I've never heard of Paula Martinac or Sarah Schulman, they looks great, thanks.

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(I read a lot. [Smile] )

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if you like graphic novels, check out Alison Bechdel. she has a comic strip called Dykes to Watch Out For and she wrote a graphic novel called Fun Home. Fun Home is mostly about her family, and her father, but she also talks about her lesbianism and coming out to her mom and stuff.

(oh, and i definitely second Annie on my Mind.)

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I'm a huge Alison Bechdel fan. I've read the whole DTWOF series more times than I can count. Those characters are so real for me [Smile]

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Hi bluejumprope [Smile]

This thread is cool for me as I've recently joined a queer feminist book group. (I never knew that such groups existed, but its been awesome so far).

"Stone Butch Blues" by Leslie Feinberg is one I was highly recommended. I also really like "My one night stand with cancer" by Tania Katan. She's a Jewish Dyke who writes about fighting breast ca at age 21 and 31. It's funny and touching.

I'd quite like to read my way through the Stonewall book award winners..might take me awhile though!

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I wish I had some recommendations to offer, sometimes I wonder if I'll ever read another book all the way through and stress about whether my vocabulary is getting smaller. [Frown] I'll try and check out the authors mentioned here.

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Another Vote for Alison Bechdel. Fun Home is amazing.

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I recently read a lesbian YA novel I liked a lot: Ash by Malinda Lo. It's a queer retelling of Cinderella.

Also, have you guys read Ariel Schrag? She's written graphic memoirs about being a dyke in high school. When I last read her I found it pretty uncomfortable because the high school experience was so raw, but she's great.

(eryn, that's so cool that you found a queer feminist book group!)

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