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Odd Girl Out (Lesbian Pulp Fiction) [Paperback]

Ann Bannon
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  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Cleis Press; New edition edition (1 Sep 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573441287
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573441285
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 14.3 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 197,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Re-Release of a Landmark Novel in the Lesbian Pulp Genre; Designated the 'Queen of Lesbian Pulp' for her landmark novels of the 1950s and 1960s, Ann Bannon's work defined lesbian fiction for the pre-Stonewall generation. Unlike many lesbian writers of the period, however, Bannon's stories broke through the shame and isolation typically portrayed in lesbian pulps, offering instead, characters who embraced their sexuality. In Odd Girl Out, Bannon introduces Laura Landon, whose love affair with her college room-mate Beth launched the lesbian pulp fiction genre.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read 10 Jan 2010
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When the publishers first put this pulp novel out they knew that they would be hitting two markets, the male market looking for some tittilation, and the lesbian market; what no one could have foreseen though was that it would become a bestseller. Now this is known as the first book in the cult series 'The Beebo Brinker Chronicles' This novel and the following in the series spoke to America's lesbians, rather like those French women stuck in unfulfilled marriages flocked to 'Madame Bovary'.

When Laura first starts college she soon falls in with the sexy and intelligent tease, Beth. Laura soon finds that she has an awakened desire for Beth, and that Beth seems to have strong feelings for her. It is not too long before the girls are having an affair, but at the same time Beth has fallen for a male student, Charlie thus embroiling her in a love triangle. At the same time Beth's best and oldest friend, Emily has been making a bit of a scandal with her boyfriend, eventually with them both caught in bed together.

Ultimately the story centres on Beth and Laura, and whether Beth will ride off into the sunset with Laura, or stay with Charlie. To us nowadays the love scenes are very tame indeed, but at the time this book was considered sleazy and pornographic. You can however feel the underlying lust throughout the book and it is much better than a lot of the more modern adult novels. You really get to know and care for the main characters, and you get a feel of the time that this was written in, making it ideal for those studying that era for social history. Indeed in America this and the other books are on the curriculum for those who do gay and lesbian studies as it shows what life was like pre-Stonewall.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A deserved classic 22 July 2010
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OK, first up full disclosure, I'm a straight man. Was I reading for prurient reasons, well, if I was I was looking in the wrong place. The "sex" scenes are hardly erotic by modern standards.

What I did find was a beautifully written story about the tensions between love and the demands of a restrictive society, when one's heart simply wont follow the rules that have been laid down by others. It is hard today to understand the pressures to conform when the love you feel is not just deemed immoral but illegal as well but, after reading this I have a clearer view. Ironically the example of a woman who "falls" is a straight woman who, inadvertently, bares her breasts at a dance and then gets caught in bed with her boyfriend. For these transgressions her life is destroyed and she is condemned to eternal disgrace. It is against this background that one of the two main characters, Beth tells the other, her lover Laura, not to be all high and mighty, that what they are doing, their love, however pure in their hearts, would be seen as far, far worse.

As soon as I started the book I was engrossed and ended up reading it cover to cover in one sitting. As a story of the pleasures and heartaches of a love that "dare not tell its name" it transcends its time and medium. As Ms Bannon explains in the forward it could only be published at the time because "pulp" fiction passed under the radar and no one noticed. Fifty odd years later in these post Stonewall days we should be grateful that she found a way.

Whatever your gender or sexual orientation I cannot recommend this book enough.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Kindle readers be warned! 1 Mar 2014
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I don't need to add anything regarding this story or Ann Bannon's undoubted influence on lesbian fiction HOWEVER I have recently re-read my Kindle copy,, purchased in April 2012, and have finally decided to comment on the appalling editing of this version.
Whether it has been updated since I bought it I don't know and the "Look inside" preview gives none of the story itself, which is no help.
Suffice to say it is jarring to read a story that is disjointed, missing punctuation with misspelling and word substitutions.
I have the hard copy of this book to compare and can only put this poor quality down to laziness on the part of the editor and proofreader (I assume they exist) of this Kindle edition.
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