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Patience & Sarah (Little Sister's Classics)

Patience & Sarah (Little Sister's Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Isabel Miller , Emma Donoghue
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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“A remarkable story.”—Publishers Weekly

Set in the nineteenth century, Isabel Miller’s classic lesbian novel traces the relationship between Patience White, an educated painter, and Sarah Dowling, a cross-dressing farmer, whose romantic bond does not sit well with the puritanical New England farming community in which they live. They choose to live together and love each other freely, even though they know of no precedents for their relationship; they must trust their own instincts and see beyond the disdain of their neighbors. Ultimately, they are forced to make life-changing decisions that depend on their courage and their commitment to one another.

First self-published in 1969 in an edition of one thousand copies, the author hand-sold the book on New York street corners; it garnered increasing attention to the point of receiving the American Library Association’s first Gay Book Award in 1971. McGraw-Hill’s version of the book a year later brought it to mainstream bookstores across the country.

Patience & Sarah is a historical romance whose drama was a touchstone for the burgeoning gay and women’s activism of the late 1960s and early 1970s. It celebrates the joys of an uninhibited love between two strong women with a confident defiance that remains relevant today.

This edition features an appendix of supplementary materials about Patience & Sarah and the author, as well as an introduction by Emma Donoghue, the Irish novelist whose numerous books include the contemporary Dublin novels Stirfry and Hood, the latter of which won the ALA’s Gay and Lesbian Book Award in 1995.

Little Sister’s Classics is an Arsenal Pulp Press imprint dedicated to reviving lost and out-of-print gay and lesbian classic books, both fiction and nonfiction. The series is produced in conjunction with Little Sister’s Books, the heroic gay Vancouver bookstore well-known for its anti-censorship efforts.

Isabel Miller was the author of numerous novels, including two under her real name, Alma Routsong. She died in 1996.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 609 KB
  • Print Length: 244 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1551521911
  • Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press (1 Sep 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00452VD1Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #155,792 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This isn't the best book I've ever read, but if you're looking for something warm and fuzzy to curl up with then you could do a lot worse. The butch/femme colouring of the lesbian relationship at the heart of the novel seems a little dated now, but is told with such sincerity and affection that it hardly matters. A really sweet book, particularly good if you like New England.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good But Not Spectacular 10 April 2009
I guess when this book was first penned, it might have been a genre breaking piece. However, like many good books that blaze the trail, it has been overtaken by much more spectacular works within the lesbian fiction and even non-fiction genre. However, its place is nevertheless assured in history and it is easy to see why it is a lesbian classic. This book is about a warm relationship between two women from the opposite sides of the track who fall in love and decide to brave the odds (as well as societal disapproval) to forge a life together in a different state, while leaving behind their families. It is a warm, fuzzy love story which makes people like me appreciate living in the 21st Century even more. It has the double first person narrative style, which was so effective and which I had previously admired in Sarah Waters "Fingersmith" (only to discover that Waters' writing was influenced by this book). On the whole, not a bad book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A touching story 15 Jun 2013
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I found this book a little difficult to begin with but overall I wold say its a lovely story, I especially enjoyed the time period. Worth a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Boxing Day read 27 Dec 2009
By Jaxeeee
I picked this from a pile of books given to me for Christmas, was immediately engrossed and read it right through. I liked the simplicity of the tale and how the the social complexities of their time were overcome.A nice change from the in-yer-face modern lesbian romances. Discovering that it was based on real people of that era made it really special and learning more about the author has become pleasant holiday-time research - Isabel being an anagram of Lesbia etc.
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Time enough later to teach her that it’s better to be a real woman than an imitation man, and that when someone chooses a woman to go away with it’s because a woman is what’s preferred. &quote;
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I began to wonder if what makes men walk so lordlike and speak so masterfully is having the love of women. If that was it, Sarah and I would make lords of each other. &quote;
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