Women on Women: An Anthology of American Lesbian Short Fiction

Women on Women: An Anthology of American Lesbian Short Fiction

by Joan Nestle
     
 
This groundbreaking collection brings together 28 stunning stories by literary talents never before assembled in a single volume. With contributions from both established and bright new voices in lesbian fiction, Women on Women ranges from the subtlety and restraint of Willa Cather's "Tommy, the Unsentimental" to Sapphire's daring and highly erotic "Eat" and

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This groundbreaking collection brings together 28 stunning stories by literary talents never before assembled in a single volume. With contributions from both established and bright new voices in lesbian fiction, Women on Women ranges from the subtlety and restraint of Willa Cather's "Tommy, the Unsentimental" to Sapphire's daring and highly erotic "Eat" and Valerie Miner's suspenseful "Trespassing." Some of the stories are universal in theme - the joy and excitement of new romance, the ageless problems of family life, and the pain of lost love and of death. And many are written by or about members of racial, ethnic, and other minorities within the gay community. These are stories that offer stirring, eloquent, often passionate insights into the lesbian experience in a long-overdue collection that represents the best of lesbian short fiction from past to present.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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. ( May )

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780452263888
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
05/30/1990
Series:
Plume Fiction Series
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.58(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.68(d)

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