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5.0 out of 5 stars Racy and 100% Bannon, 13 Sep 2003
Ms. K. Phillips "msmysterious" (Stockport, England) - See all my reviews
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
M. Dowden (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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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. No more can she dither, she has to work out if she wants to go back to her marriage or if she wants a woman. Going on a massive bender and sleeping around isn't the answer and Beth has to sober up and work herself out.

As with all these books there are some problems with style etc, but these are pulp novels they were written for the lesbian and male market. So saying though, if they had perhaps had more thought gone into them they may not have had so much melodrama and indeed have been as dramatic as they are. Ultimately this would have detracted from them and they wouldn't have remained as popular as they have. I love good literature, but ultimately I love a good read, and this series shows why good pulp novels always remain popular.
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