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Journey to a Woman (Mills & Boon Spice)

Journey to a Woman (Mills & Boon Spice) [Kindle Edition]

Ann Bannon
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'In the late 1950s a married mother penned novels that brought lesbian love to life for thousands of isolated women.' -- - Diva Magazine

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The classic 1950s love story from the Queen of Lesbian Pulp Fiction, and author of Odd Girl Out, I Am a Woman, Women in the Shadows, Journey to a Woman and Beebo Brinker

Would she throw away her entire life on the one wild chance that she might find the lost woman out of her past?

Following on from classic novels Odd Girl Out, I am a Woman and Women in the Shadows, Journey to a Woman finds Laura in love among the lesbian bohemia of Greenwich Village.

Praise for Ann Bannon

“Bannon’s books grab you and don’t let go” Village Voice
“When I was young, Bannon’s books let me imagine myself into her New York City neighborhoods of short-haired, dark-eyed butch women and stubborn, tight-lipped secretaries with hearts ready to be broken. Her books come close to the kind of books that had made me feel fatalistic and damned in my youth, but somehow she just managed to sustain a sense of hope. And of course, there was her romantic portrait of the kind of butch woman I idealized. I would have dated Beebo, no question” Dorothy Allison
“Called trash by the literary world and pornography by the commercial world, Ann Bannon’s books were hidden away on drugstore pulp racks. To pick out the book, carry it to the counter and face the other shoppers and the cashier was tantamount to coming out. But all across the country, lesbians were doing it” Joan Nestle
“Little did Bannon know that her stories would become legends, inspiring countless fledgling dykes to flock to the Village, dog-eared copies of her books in hand, to find their own Beebos and Lauras and others who shared the love they dared not name” San Francisco Bay Guardian
“Ann Bannon is a pioneer of dyke drama” On Our Backs
“Shameless tales of wanton dyke lust are finally unveiled!” Out magazine

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3008 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0930044371
  • Publisher: Mills & Boon Spice (1 Mar 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HZLTI96
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #316,808 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Racy and 100% Bannon 13 Sep 2003
I have read all of the Beebo Brinker chronicals and found an amazing story with twists behind each. Journey to a Woman is no exception, I feared that the idea of bringing Beth back and possibly reuniting her with first love Laura, would cheapen the last books.
But I need not have feared because the approach that Bannon takes is far from cliched and keeps everything fresh.
I also enjoyed the different focus of which character we were seeing the majority or the 'thoughts' view point from. Laura has been used in several of Bannons books, and although a much loved character she can fall into the catagory or being 'too timid', compared to Beebo anyway. Beth is a more middle grounded character, she is vunerable and takes a lot of risks but she speaks her mind and appears more ahead of her time then what her generation actually was.
I am a gay teenager in the 21st century but I still feel Ann Bannons can be apreciated throughout mine and future generations of gay women. Her books contain harsh realities that perhaps are more sugar coated nowerdays, it is essential that we see how far the gay world has come, in just a few decades.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beth's Odyssey 13 Jan 2010
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If you have read the very first book in this series, Odd Girl Out (Lesbian Pulp Fiction) then you will remember that Beth was the very first lesbian relationship that Laura had. After following Laura and her exploits we now take a look at Beth.

Beth has been married to Charlie for the past nine years and has had two children by him. But Beth has increasingly found that she doesn't love her husband how she first did, and that she doesn't really love her children how she should. With thoughts of her passion with Laura keep cropping up Beth is starting to admit that she is a lesbian. When the enigmatic Vega steps into Beth's life she starts to see her but she is disgusted by the scarred body of Vega, ans soon sees that she is as scarred mentally as she is physically. Leaving her friends, family and Vega behind Beth starts out on her journey to find Laura.

With the assistance of Laura's father and a lesbian writer, Nina that Beth has been corresponding with Beth finds herself in Greenwich Village, New York. Only when Beth stumbles across Beebo does she find where Laura is actually living, and that she is married and has a child. Laura's marriage to the gay Jack and the birth of their child has made Laura a real little homebody, and Beth soon finds that she isn't going to give all this up for Beth. Beth seems to think that she can just carry on from her college days as if nothing had happened in between, but she is just about to get a lesson in real life.

With Beth hurting so many people she finds that her life is in danger, and she must start to ask herself some serious questions and get her life sorted out.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Early lesbian novel from the 1950's 15 Mar 1999
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I don't know that lesbians growing up in the 1990's will understand this book, but those of us who grew up in the 1950's and 1960's most certainly will.

I have read all of Ann Bannon's books.

I found "Journey to a Woman" to be excellent.

It tells the story of tormented Beth, who turned away from her female lover, Laura, when the two of them were in college together. Beth chose instead to marry.

Now Beth, unsuited to the life of wife and mother of two young children, feels the misery of her choice.

She begins to dream of Laura. She begins to long again to have a woman in her life to love.

In her quest for lesbian love she becomes involved with Vega, a beautiful, sophisticated, many times married woman. It turns out the unstable Vega has a secret that makes a relationship with her a vast disappointment for Beth.

Beth yearns anew for Laura, and sets out on a quest to find her. She finds many surprises along the way, and eventually happiness.

Although the characters certainly are not into "Gay Pride", the book is very realistic in it's portrayal of what life was like for lesbians before Stonewall.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whew ! 8 Sep 2003
By M. Rivera - Published on
It's really a great ending to a fiction. Beth search for Laura having her meet Beebo and falling in love with her in the process. I just wish there still a continuation to this book about Beebo and Beth's relationship.
2.0 out of 5 stars It was ok I guess 4 Mar 2014
By madamanda - Published on
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I really enjoyed the other Beebo Brinker books, but the library didn't have this one. I think that the reason it wasn't in the library was that it just wasn't as good as the others.
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it ! 16 Feb 2014
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This is such a good book. I love all the books in the beebo series but this is the best.
3 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Bad 10 Mar 1997
By A Customer - Published on
I found myself questioning whether such a character could
actually exist in the real world. The main character had
such extreme shifts in mood, thought processes, concerns,
and morality that she seemed better suited for an institution.
And in the end, you are expected to believe that she will live
happily ever after.
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