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A Great Read
on 10 January 2010
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. So saying though you don't have to be gay or lesbian, or a perv to enjoy this book it is such a good read. If you want to get a feel for the era and read something that was considered scandalous when first published then read this. You may find like me, that in the end you want to read the whole series. Also included in this book is an introduction that is very worth reading, by the author.