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Stunningly beautiful tale of love and finding a path,
This review is from: Pages for You (Paperback)
"Pages for You" is exquisitely written, perfectly paced and stays in the memory long after the final page. The central love story is between two women and the book is notable for containing one of the most convincing and true-to-life lesbian love stories that I have read. There are so many substandard gay-themed books out there that acquire a cult following because readers (understandably) embrace novels that reflect even in a small way the truth of their own love lives, but "Pages for You" is quite simply sublime, and knocks the socks off so many other books with which it could be classed in the "lesbian fiction" or "lesbian romance fiction" genres.
The book follows Flannery, a college student who is just beginning to find her way in the world. Upon meeting her tutor, Anne, Flannery is immediately captivated by the older woman, and a romance unfolds. This basic story could be the plotline of a far shallower book, but what makes Sylvia Brownrigg's novel stands out is the quality of her writing and the maturity and subtlety with which she handles the characters' feelings. Other lesbian novels have the feeling of wanting to sell the lesbian love aspect at the expense of believable characters. In contrast, Flannery and Anne in "Pages for You" seem like real people, with thoughts and reactions that throughout the book, never fail to convince.
If you wish to read a lesbian-themed novel, or a lesbian-themed romance, please pick up "Pages for You" and enjoy one of the finest novels there is in each of these genres. If you are a reader who enjoys captivating prose, utterly convincing characters and the deft depiction of real feelings about love, life and the way we are, I would also recommend this book to you. Sylvia Brownrigg is exceptionally talented and "Pages for You" is a delight to read, a book of real quality and depth that leaves a lasting impression.