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With Beebo Brinker, Bannon introduces the title character, a butch 17-year-old farm girl newly ...
With Beebo Brinker, Bannon introduces the title character, a butch 17-year-old farm girl newly arrived in New York after she is driven from her Wisconsin home town for wearing drag to the State Fair. Befriended by the gay Jack Mann, a father-figure with a weakness for runaways, Beebo sets out to find love. She never knew what she wanted—until she came to Greenwich Village and found the love that smolders in the shadows of the twilight world.
Overwhelmed with her discovery, Beebo is infatuated in turn with the vixen Mona Petry, the sweet femme Paula Ash, and the famous actress Venus Bogardus. Sexy, dangerous, and often touching, Beebo Brinker's search for love takes her from password-protected 1950s lesbian bars to the glamour and ritz of Hollywood and back. Chronicling the reality of 1950s lesbian life through Ann Bannon's dreamy butch, Beebo Brinker is an astounding and engaging read.
Posted April 25, 2014
When I picked up Beebo Brinker, I expected a coming-out while coming-of-age novel about a young lesbian, set in an era I know little about. What I discovered, however, is an involved, practically modern story about a young woman not only coming to terms with her identity as a lesbian after being ousted by her small town (still an issue these days), but struggling with a possible transexual identity. There is, of course, a lot of text dedicated to the passions and romances of a naive young person experiencing everything for the first time, but Beebo faces real hardships that are relevant and just as distressing today.
I would absolutely recommend this book to others, especially to any young person going through self-discovery in a culture opposed to anything outside of the 'norm', as they will find an ally in Beebo.
Posted November 17, 2001