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Laura is back with the third book in the series. At the end of I Am a Woman (Lesbian Pulp Fiction), Laura was with Beebo. It is now two years later and the two have been together all this time, but there are definite cracks in their relationship. When Laura comes home to find Nix, Beebo's dog dead and gutted, and Beebo beaten and bruised Beebo tells her that she has been beaten and gangraped, a not too uncommon occurence at the time. Beebo starts drinking even more than usual and starts to show violent tendencies, forcing Laura to leave her.

Laura goes to her gay friend Jack, who after going on the wagon and wishing for a child starts proposing to Laura. Laura also finds some fun and frolics with a black girl who is married and refuses to admit her lesbian tendencies. Wherever Laura is you just know that things are going to start happening.

Jack and Laura leave Greenwich Village, and actually do get married, and everything seems peachy at first, especially as to the world they appear as two straight people. However things are boiling under the surface with old loves and passions poking their heads above water. When Jack first starts to tell Laura about his wish for a child she is at first disgusted and shocked, but will she come round to his way of thinking? But with Terry, one of Jack's former boyfriends saying that he wants Jack back, and Laura still yearning in part for Beebo you just know things aren't going to be an easy ride.

So there are a few problems with this book, as with the others but remember this is pulp fiction, not a piece of high literature. The first two books do have a certain touch of erotica about them, whereas this one doesn't. This novel is more psychological, examining people's passions and aspirations and really is more for the lesbian market than those men at the time who were looking for some cheap thrills. Touching slightly upon race relations and domestic violence and wanting children amongst the gay community, as well as violence shown to those who are different this book is more darker than the first two in the series, it is also more realistic because of it showing to others that life isn't different whatever colour or sexual preference someone is. After all we are all the same under the skin and are all looking mainly for the same things. While others were still producing more voyeuristic books for the male market this book stands out as something that bit more special, a more detailed lives of the characters that we have come to care about throughout the books.

These books are used in gay and lesbian studies in America and offer a unique insight into the era that they were written in, and what it meant to be different to the norm, giving a fascinating look into social history. I am heterosexual but these books have really gripped me, and have made me read the whole set - I just have two more novels to go. There is an interesting afterword by the author that is well worth reading.
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on 2 March 2014
As with the previous two titles in the series (not counting the prequel Beebo Brinker) this story is so badly edited and proofread it's a real challenge at times, to the point of literally having to guess at what words SHOULD be when something quite out of context is used - occasionally even just combinations of letters that don't even form a word.
So disappointing.
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on 21 January 2013
Intense, thought provoking and sometimes shocking.

Each character - completely exposed (naked) to the reader.

Refreshing.
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