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Women on Women: An Anthology of American Lesbian Short Fiction (No. 1) Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1995

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Nestle ( A Restricted Country ) and Holoch ( Offseason ) assemble 28 short stories and novel excerpts, some appearing in print for the first time here. Although uneven in scope and quality, these pieces feature a surprising range of lesbian women, from a Jewish grandmother to a 21-year-old self-described bulldyke. Several selections grapple with personal solutions to common problems, such as surviving the loss of a lover, addressed by both Teya Schaffer in "With Love, Lena" and Becky Birtha's "In the Life." In "When It Changed," a separatist fantasy from Joanna Russ, men reclaim a planet that women have quite contentedly inhabited alone for 600 years. Jess Wells's "Aqua" is a woman who, 16 years after her mother's suicide, still fights to come to terms with that death and her own life. In "A Letter to Harvey Milk" Leslea Newman draws parallels between the Holocaust and the assassination of Milk, a gay San Francisco politician. The open eroticism of a few stories and a conspicuous shortage of likable male characters may diminish the collection's mainstream appeal.
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Product Details

  • Series: Women on Women
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; Reissue edition (May 30, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452263883
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452263888
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,114,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 28, 1997
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28 stunning stories by some of America's best-known Lesbian writers and new voices in lesbian fiction. Not all of these stories are about sex, but all explore relationships and
are seen from a point of view not heard from often enough. "... to live, to observe, to write as a lesbian is to live, observe, and write from a position of difference." Stories range from slow and sensual to hot and hard, and appeal to a wide variety of readers, including heterosexuals and
couples. Featured writers include: Willa Cather, Sapphire, and Jewelle L. Gomez. In their introduction, the editors say: "Irreverence and exuberance are perhaps at last becoming integrated into the lesbian experience in a manner that will help give still more varied forms to lesbian lives and literature." To find more books of lesbian fiction, along with erotica and sexuality, please visit my Associate Bookstore: [...]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. B. MULLIGAN VINE VOICE on September 17, 2006
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Some of the best fiction from the past thru 1990. I can't say who I enjoyed more, although I did buy it initially when I saw that one of the short stories was from the terrific author Lee Lynch.

This is a Keeper!

28 fabulous stories, including titles from the outstanding authors -

Willa Cather;

Joan Nestle;

Jewelle L. Gomez

Jess Wells;

Judith McDaniel

Valerie Miner;

Leslea Newman;

Ida Swearingen

Lee Lynch;

Sarah Schulman;

Dorothy Allison;

Also there are Author Biographies at the end.

From the web - The 28 stories in the volume range from the daring and erotic "Eat" by Sapphire to Dorothy Allison's energetic Southern tale "A Lesbian Appetite" to Valerie Miner's suspenseful "Trespassing". Whether it's the joy or loss of love, the difficulty of family relations, or the pain of death, these stories bring to life the unique lesbian experience.
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