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Women on Women: An Anthology of American Lesbian Short Fiction

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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' 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.


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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' 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.

30 review for Women on Women: An Anthology of American Lesbian Short Fiction

  1. 5 out of 5

    Will Nelson

    This was a pretty solid collection of stories, and it felt like the editors really made an effort to capture a diverse range of experiences (though there were no stories with trans women). Some stories engaged me more than others, and my top three were "A Letter to Harvey Milk" "A Long Story" and "My Lesbian Imagination" This was a pretty solid collection of stories, and it felt like the editors really made an effort to capture a diverse range of experiences (though there were no stories with trans women). Some stories engaged me more than others, and my top three were "A Letter to Harvey Milk" "A Long Story" and "My Lesbian Imagination"

  2. 4 out of 5

    KL Baudelaire

    Published in 1990, this is a diverse and hugely enjoyable collection. Were it published now, I expect that it would contain at least one story addressing experiences of trans lesbians - but apart from lacking this, it brings stories from many different states, classes, colours, and although primarily in English, snippets of different languages. I highly recommend it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Abigail

    There are a few stories I really liked in here, but overall this just wasn't my thing. -- for my reference "In the Life" Becky Birtha "Fruit of the Loom Athletic Undershirts" Cathy Cockrell "The Swashbuckler" Lee Lynch "A Lesbian Appetite" Dorothy Allison There are a few stories I really liked in here, but overall this just wasn't my thing. -- for my reference "In the Life" Becky Birtha "Fruit of the Loom Athletic Undershirts" Cathy Cockrell "The Swashbuckler" Lee Lynch "A Lesbian Appetite" Dorothy Allison

  4. 4 out of 5

    HeavyReader

    Some of this stories are mildly hot (I guess that makes them warm), but this is not really a collection of sex stories. It's just an anthology of short stories with lesbian themes. Some of this stories are mildly hot (I guess that makes them warm), but this is not really a collection of sex stories. It's just an anthology of short stories with lesbian themes.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lyn Jensen

    Of the 28 stories collected here, 26 are realistic and varying degrees of sexy, the last two get erotic on a surreal level.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kieren

    4.5 stars. I liked almost all the stories and loved a few, especially the last one. This is a great read for those just getting into lesbian fiction. I thought this book had a pretty good variety of stories for its collection.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Genevieve

    some stories I actually couldn't get through but some of them made me shed a tear. I think that's what's fun about it though, something for everyone some stories I actually couldn't get through but some of them made me shed a tear. I think that's what's fun about it though, something for everyone

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kasey

    This was a really decent mix of stories from authors I have and have not encountered. I loved that some were very mundane descriptions of daily life, while some explored sexuality more deeply. It is a product of its age, in some instances, but really it's stood the test of the short but significant time that's past since its publication. This made me want to read a more modern similar anthology--off to go find one! This was a really decent mix of stories from authors I have and have not encountered. I loved that some were very mundane descriptions of daily life, while some explored sexuality more deeply. It is a product of its age, in some instances, but really it's stood the test of the short but significant time that's past since its publication. This made me want to read a more modern similar anthology--off to go find one!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Camille

  10. 5 out of 5

    Beneath

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rose Parady

  12. 4 out of 5

    Despy

  13. 5 out of 5

    Gelsey

  14. 4 out of 5

    Môhåmếd Ąl-Ȝrặqíƴ

  15. 4 out of 5

    Bridget Hoke

  16. 5 out of 5

    Allison

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lucianna Wolfstone

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Anderson

  19. 5 out of 5

    Keirstan Pawson

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nora

  21. 4 out of 5

    Leah Waldron

  22. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Ash

  23. 4 out of 5

    Madhavi

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kate Farrell

  25. 4 out of 5

    Curtis Ensler

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mary Stoicoiu

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lois Kennedy

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jiayu

  29. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

  30. 4 out of 5

    S.W. Stromberg

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