BOOKS ON TAPE: FICTION

NOVELS

Sitt Marie Rose: A Novel, Etal Adnan (1) Set in civil war-torn Lebanon in 1975, this is the story of Marie Rose, an East Beirut Christian woman who has defected to the western side of the city and joined the Palestinian resistance. She is kidnapped and executed by four members of the Phalange Militia. This is a pessimistic book, but important for its contribution to and understanding of what happens to women in war, as well as what happens to the minds of the men who fight those wars. 1982

All True Lovers, Sarah Aldridge (2) This novel, set in the thirties, traces the love relationship between two young women and their experiences during the Depression. 1978

Madame Aurora, Sarah Aldridge (2) Set in the late nineteenth century, this is the story of two women who have shared their lives for decades. Society's changing expectations of the proper role for women impact on their lives. They become involved with two younger women who have also found love with each other. 1983

The Latecomer, Sarah Aldridge (1) Two women meet on a ship returning from Europe. A strange set of circumstances reunites them and their relationship develops into love. 1974

Legende, Jeanine Allard (1) In the nineteenth century two women living on the coast of France in Brittany loved each other. Having no models for such a relationship, one of them posed as a man throughout their life together. They were married and adopted a child. When the one posing as a man was lost at sea, a statue was erected to her. When it was leaned she had been a woman, the statue was destroyed by angry and frightened people. Jeanine Allard has built from this legend, creating a hauntingly beautiful story of two women in love. 1984

The Woman Who Owned the Shadows, Paula Gunn Allen (2) Ephanie leaves New Mexico for San Francisco, where she begins again the process of remembering. Spending a summer alone, she finds the way to her future. No longer seeking herself through men, she discovers her primary connections are to the spirit women of her people and to the women of her own world. 1983

Bastard Out of Carolina, Dorothy Allison (2) Greenville County, South Carolina is home to the Boatwright family, rough-hewn men who drink hard and shoot up each other's trucks, and indomitable women who marry young and age all too quickly. At the heart of this memorable family, and of this astonishing novel is Ruth Anne, called Bone by her family. Observing everything with a mercilessly keen eye, Bone sees the legacy of poverty and futility that marks her family's place in this small southern town. 1992

Bedrock, Lisa Alther (3) Clea Shown has always been in love with love. Sophisticated and well traveled, her work as a renowned photographer, her two grown children, her husband and her best friend Elke have never kept her from experiencing love in all its forms. And now Clea has fallen in love again, with Roches Ridge, Vermont, a tiny speck on the map that holds for Clea the hope that a mature woman can still put down roots. But Clea finds she can't hide from her life, and there may be only one person who can help her. 1990

A Summer's Tale, Marcia S. Andrews (2) "This novel poses all the hard questions people try to avoid asking when they are in love, or trying to be in love, or trying not to. And it rejects the easy emotional and political answers whether offered by the lesbian community or the extended family, for a fair and hard-won conclusion. An intent and insightful work."--Jane Rule. 1986

Flight of the Seventh Moon: The Teaching of the Shields, Lynn V. Andrews (2) In her second book Lynn Andrews continues the story of her spiritual exploration. 1984

Medicine Woman, Lynn Andrews (2) This book begins the author's story of her search for identity in Native American Spirituality, and her studies with shaman Agnes Whistling Elk. 1981

Slash, Jeanette Armstrong (2) "This is a moving novel about a young Okanagan Indian's growing up into manhood. Armstrong writes convincingly about life on the reserve, about Slash's early years and about his growing political awareness.... This story is well crafted and worth reading."--the Vancouver Sun 1985

Bird-Eyes, Madelyn Arnold (2) In 1963, 16-year-old runaway lesbian Latisha is institutionalized for being "incorrigible." She is sentenced to treatment in a mental hospital. Her best friend on the back ward is Anna, an older deaf woman. Anna teaches Latisha sign and gives her a name, "Bird Eyes." Their alliance against hospital oppression forms a bond that is the catalyst for Latisha's eventual act of defiance. 1988

The Edible Woman, Margaret Atwood (2) Mary Ann is a very proper young woman. She only sleeps with the man she's going to marry. The only thing she wants from her work is to leave it. Her only possible future seems to be the same one her friends settled for, tied to home and children. Then all that begins to change after an exhilarating and unexpected sexual encounter. 196 9

Surfacing, Margaret Atwood (1) The heroine's search for her missing father becomes an inward psychic journey. 1972

The Clan of the Cave Bear, Jean M. Auel (4) By reading widely on pre-history and joining a survival class to learn how to construct and live in an ice cave, the author has created a rich account of daily existence in Neanderthal times. She then speculates on how one woman might have lived at this crucial point in evolution. 1980

Hand-Me-Downs, Liz Barnes (2) Meet Cass Blevins. She's only five going on six, but she knows lots of things. It's 1932 and the Depression is beginning in East Tennessee. This is the year that this spirited child learns to say no to those who hurt her and yes to herself. 1985

Children of the Pearl, Ching Yun Bezine (2) It is a time of terrible strife for those living along the banks of the Pearl River in China. For the promise of wealth and freedom, they cross the vast Pacific on a labor ship to an unknown place called San Francisco. Their lives as immigrants are filled with hardship and prejudice, as they struggle through the first World War, prohibition and the Depression. Still the Children of the Pearl carve out their own niches in this strange new country. This is a vibrant multi-generational saga afire with the tumultuous Chinese-American experience. 1991

The Day is Dark and Three Travelers, Marie-Claire Blais (1) These two novellas represent some of this French-Canadian author's finest and most lyrical prose. The Day is Dark invites us into a dreamlike world of shadowy landscapes, peopled with complex, obsessive characters. The Three Travelers is a beautiful and lyrical story about the profound relationship of life to art. 1967

The Law of Return, Alice Bloch (2) While living in Israel, Elisheva begins a search for a life that will both be fulfilling and harmonious with her religious convictions. Her friendships with women are the important relationships in her life, and after leaving Israel, she returns ten years later with a woman lover. 1983

The Revolution of Little Girls, Blanche McCrary Boyd (1) "A triumph...Blanche McCrary Boyd has created a warm, funny quirky story about a young girl's coming of age in southern chaos."--San Francisco Chronicle. 1991

The Firebrand, Marion Zimmer Bradley (4) The author brings all the passion and drama of the Trojan war to vivid and breathtaking life, in this epic of love and betrayal, wars and kings, gods and magic. Seen through the eyes of the beautiful prophetess Kassandra, the fall of Troy unfolds in a new and daring way. 1988

Folly, Maureen Brady (2) A group of Southern women factory workers, who manage to unite despite their differences, organize a union and go on strike. This is also a story of women exploring their love for one another. 1982

Give Me Your Good Ear, Maureen Brady (1) This is a powerfully written novel about a woman who ends a relationship with the man she has been living with, as she struggles to break a long silence with her mother about her father's death. 1979

What Comes Naturally, Gerd Brantenberg (1) This tale describes, often hilariously, the predicament of growing up homosexual in a heterosexual world. Set in Oslo in the '60s, it is packed with intrigue and adventure. First published in Norway, it has become a cult book throughout Scandinavia. 1986

Escape From Billy's Bar-B-Que, Joanne Brasil (1) "This is a novel written in the way people talk. That leads us into the way people feel, and we are rewarded with one woman's story and a valuable reminder that hearts and times do change--and for the better." --Gloria Steinem. 1985

A Weave of Women, E.M. Broner (2) In a small stone house in Jerusalem, twelve women regularly meet for pleasure and out of need. They befriend three young girls from a home for wayward girls across the street. The novel follows the interweaving lives of these fifteen women with each other, with men, and the life of the city, desert and sea beyond. 1978

Mauve Desert, Nicole Brossard (1) Mauve Desert is both a single novel and three separate novels in one. In the first, fifteen- year-old Melanie drives across the Arizona desert in a white Meteor chasing fear and desire, cutting loose from her mother and her mother's lover Lorna in their roadside mauve hotel. The second and third parts involve a researcher who becomes obsessed with finding Melanie, and then translates Mauve Desert. 1990

The Haunted House, Rebecca Brown (1) Robin Daily's childhood in an alcoholic family is dominated by a sense of impermanence, and while her adulthood offers an escape, she has to find what it is she longs for: security, love, and a place to call home. But strange things happen when the dark corners and locked rooms of family life are revealed and Robin finds that her world is still haunted by her past in ways that are wildly fantastic and terribly real. 1986

In Her Day, Rita Mae Brown (1) Written immediately after her classic, Rubyfruit Jungle, In Her Day takes a loving swipe at the charged political atmosphere of Greenwich Village in the early 70s. Elegant art history professor Carol Hanratty insists brains transcend lusts until she crashes into Ilsa a revolutionary feminist flush with the arrogance of youth. This novel, with its infectious merriment and serious underpinnings, proves that if politics is the great divider, humor is the ultimate restorative. 1988

Rubyfruit Jungle, Rita Mae Brown (1, 4 vol. $16.00) This is a lesbian classic, a must for everyone. Here are the adventures of Molly Bolt, who grows up poor in the South, and eventually makes her way to New York City where she struggles to put herself through school, and to become a successful film maker. 1973

Southern Discomfort, Rita Mae Brown (2) In Montgomery, Alabama, all is not as it seems. Hortensia Banastre, who no longer loves her husband and children, and whose life has become empty and sterile, falls in love with the most unlikely person. The events that unfold in the next two decades include a cast of characters such as Banana Mae Parker and Blue Rhonda Lectric, two first- class whores, and their arch-enemy Reverend Linton Ray. 1982

Child of Her People, Anne Cameron (1) Child of Her People--found as a small white baby in a covered wagon beside her dead mother, is taken to a band of The People who adopt and nurture her. As an adult, when the kidnapping of her daughter repeats a nightmare from her own young life, Child of Her People draws on every skill, emotion and action she has learned from those who raised her to seize control of her destiny and that of her children. 1986

Kick the Can, Anne Cameron (1) Rowin Hanson learns to be independent at an early age. Her mother dies in childbirth. She is raised by her grandmother, and then makes her own way working difficult jobs. When she gets involved with Jim she refuses to get involved with the ex-, the kids, the house, the car, the boat, or the lawyer who's apt to end up with it all anyway. But in the end Rowin has to take the advice her grandmother gave her 20 years earlier. "When it's your turn to take your kick at the can kiddo, you do 'er!" 1991

The Journey, Anne Cameron (2) Ann runs away from her family's farm to escape her tyrannical uncle. Early on her way she meets Sarah, a whore who has been run out of a nearby town. Together they share adventures and face hardships, traveling across the Canadian frontier. This fast-paced feminist western is based partly on a true account. 1982

The Riverhouse Stories: How Pubah S. Queen and Lazy LaRue Saved the World, Andrea Carlisle (1) "In this novel you can find out why ducks are holy and why life is embarrassing, how to get from a houseboat to a balloon, what an Oregon conversation is and many other interesting things. It is the most good-natured book I ever read."--Ursula K. LeGuin. 1986

Collaborators, Janet Cauffman (1) Set in the tobacco growing country of Pennsylvania, in a community devoted to strict observance of its religious principles, here is a story of two extraordinary women. Andrea Doria has a mother whose aura pervades the very air she breathes. A stroke abruptly reverses the forces in this ancient conflict between parent and child. 1986

During the Reign of the Queen of Persia, Joan Chase (2) The beautiful twentieth century womanhood of Gram, the Queen of Persia herself, who rules the house, is at the center of this evocative novel. Her five daughters and four granddaughters spin out the tragedies and triumphs of rural life in the 1950s. 1983

The Flame Bearers, Kim Chernin (2) Rae Shadmi, a fiercely independent young woman, has worked hard to divorce herself from her strange, proud family--a family dominated by Rae's grandmother, the leader of a mysterious religious group of women called the Flame Bearers. We follow Rae on a spiritual journey as she confronts her own religious ambivalence and surrenders to the inescapable pull of family bonds. 1986

The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros (1) Told in a series of vignettes stunning for their eloquence, this is the story of Esperanza Cordero, a young girl growing up in the Hispanic quarter of Chicago, where she discovers the hard realities of life--the fetters of class and gender, the specter of racial enmity, the mysteries of sexuality, and more. Esperanza is able to rise above hopelessness, and create for herself "a house all my own ... quiet as snow, a space for myself to go." 1989

Sinking, Stealing, Jan Clausen (2) When Rhea dies suddenly in a car accident, her ex-husband wants custody of his daughter. The options open to Josie, Rhea's lover, the "almost parent" with no title and no legal rights, are few. This is a powerful novel with much to say on the subject of lesbian and non-biological parenting. 1985

Abeng, Michelle Cliff (1) Claire Savage, a light-skinned daughter of the middle class in Jamaica, grows up among the contradictions of class and color, blood and history in a colonized country. The Maroons, who fought a guerrilla struggle against their English enslavers are as much a part of Claire's legacy as her great grandfather, Judge Savage, who burned his hundred slaves on the eve of African-Jamaican freedom. 1984

No Telephone to Heaven, Michelle Cliff (1) Brilliant Jamaican- American writer, Michelle Cliff, takes on the themes of colonialism, race, myth and political awakening. This novel continues the story of Claire Savage moves through a variety of settings--Jamaica, England and America--and encounters people who affect her search for place and self. 1987

Angel, Merle Collins (2) This vibrant novel from the Caribbean introduces the passionate voice of black writer Merle Collins. Set on the island of Grenada, the richly evocative story centers on several generations of women and traces the struggle of the Grenadian people to achieve political autonomy. 1987

Shoulders, Georgia Cotrell (2) This is a novel about coming of age in the '70s when you're dewy-eyed, brash and a lesbian. It's a story about making it through the '80s when you've survived love gone bad, but still believe in love against the odds. 1987

Nervous Conditions, Tsitsi Dangarembga (2) In a brilliant debut by a writer from Zimbabwe, this novel is the moving story of a girl's coming of age and a compelling narrative of the devastating human loss involved in the colonization of one culture by another. 1988

Margret Howth: A Story of To-day, Rebecca Harding Davis (2) This novel, originally published in 1862, brings to life the turmoil of mid nineteenth century Americans caught in local and national wars. Margret Howth is a novel of love, work and money, about the failures of capitalist enterprise, dreams of political utopia and the redemptive mercy of a black woman, Lois Yare, who embodies Harding's commitment to spiritual values and her quiet rage at pervasive injustice. 1990

Tender Warriors, Rachel Guido deVries (1) An Italian-American working-class family comes alive as Rose--daughter, sister, nurse, photographer, lesbian--narrates their story. This is a novel about outsiders--white and black, gay and straight, down and out, or on the way up--fighting for survival and the space to be tender. 1986

Double Yoke, Buchi Emecheta (1) Set on the campus of a Nigerian university, this is the story of two young university graduates, Ete Kamba and Nko, who confront the conflicting demands of traditionality and modernity. Nko, as a woman, must overcome the resistance of those who feel that women need not be educated, but should instead lose their identity in traditional marriage. Ete Kamba's love for Nko is severely tested as he himself is locked into traditional ways-- exactly those from which Nko is attempting to break free. 1983

A woman's Story, Annie Ernaux (1) Annie Ernaux's mother has just died. Annie is the only child so it is up to her to make the final arrangements, and it's up to her to remember the proud, vibrant, intense and difficult woman who once was her mother before age and illness vanquished her. A poignant recollection of a mother's life in France before and after the war, this woman's story can only be known in part, but in this case, that is enough. 1991

Plum Bun: A Novel Without a Moral, Jessie Redmon Fauset (2) Written at the height of the Harlem Renaissance in 1929, Plum Bun tells the story of Angela Murry, a young black girl from Philadelphia who discovers she can pass for white. In search of artistic success and romance, she moves to New York, changes her name and lives as a white woman. But she soon discovers that passing is no panacea, as she confronts discrimination as a woman, and realizes that love and marriage may not be her best foundation. 1990

Stone Butch Blues, Leslie Feinberg (3) Woman or man? That's the question that clouds Jess Goldberg's life and identity: from her childhood in a blue-collar town during the 1950s, her coming out in the bars and factories of the prefeminist '60s, to her decision to pass as a man when she is left without work or community in the early '70s. This deeply moving novel sees Jess coming full circle, learning to accept the complexities of being a transgendered person in a world that demands simple explanations. 1993

The Seven Ages, Iva Figes (2) A retired midwife living in the English countryside reflects on her own life and the lives of her daughters, while she receives images from spirits of women from the past thousand year. These images evoke the lore of herbs and healing plants, war, rape, childbirth, and the conflict between midwives and doctors--English history from a woman's point of view. 1986

Bone Truth, Anne Finger (2). "Getting to the bone truth is no easy ride, requiring as it does, living fully in the body with all her memories, living in all the rooms of all the houses, being conscious from the marrow out. It's a ride I recommend taking, if for no other reason than the pleasure of the fierce, intelligent prose Anne Finger gives us in this stirring first novel." -- Cheryl Marie Wade. 1994

Lovers in the Present Afternoon, Kathleen Fleming (2) Lynn recalls vivid scenes from her childhood and early married life as she acts out her present role as wife and mother. She knows her marriage is flawed, but only when she falls in love with a woman can she recognize the possibility of giving it up in favor of her own identity. 1984

Curious Wine, Katherine V. Forrest (1) The intimacy of a cabin at Lake Tahoe provides the combustible circumstances that bring Diana Holland and Lane Christianson together in this passionate, candidly erotic novel of first discovery. 1983

Keeping it in the Family, Judy Freespirit (1) Beginning in 1902, this novel traces the thread of incest running through the lives of the members of one Jewish family. Much of the story is told through the writings of Malka, a contemporary lesbian, who seeks to remember and uncover the truths about herself and the generations before hers. Read by the author. 1992

The Other Sappho, Ellen Frye (2) The author has blended the myths and legends surrounding the life of famed Greek lesbian poet, Sappho, and has combined them with some historic facts to create a magical yarn of her own. 1989

Moll Cutpurse, Ellen Galford (1) The real story of Moll, robber and friend of the poor, is retold by her dear companion Brigit the Apothecary in this delightful, rowdy romance set in Elizabethan England. 1985

The Fires of Bride, Ellen Galford (2) Set on a remote Scottish island, with a rambling castle and a ruined monastery, harking back to more matriarchal times, the author spins a tale of misty legend and mysterious reality. 1988

Something Not Yet Ended..., Jane Gapen (2) " ...the story of a woman caught in a world created by others where she has become a stranger to those around her and to herself as well...Courageously and unabashedly she travels through the love she feels for another woman."-- Kathleen Murphy. 1981

Free Ride, Marilyn Gayle (2) Free Ride spins out a freewheeling tale of a lesbian rogue on the move. Neither love nor money--not even sex--slow Sammy down in her seemingly effortless havoc- strewn drive through the lesbian community of Santa Fe. 1991

Annie on my Mind, Nancy Garden (2) High school seniors Liza and Annie enjoy the spark and face the fears of first love until a teacher's discovery of their relationship sets off a chain of interrogations that threatens to tear the two young women apart. An American Library Association Best Book for Young Readers. 1982

Triangles, Ruth Geller (2) This novel is about a woman coming to terms with her Jewish identity in the context of her family, her relationship and her job. 1984

Requiem, Shizuko Go, transl. by Geraldine Harcourt (1) Sixteen- year-old Setsuko has been a passionate believer in Japan's war effort, putting her heart into letters to frontline soldiers and doing munitions work. At the same time, she is the only girl in the school to befriend Naomi, the free-spirited daughter of an imprisoned opponent to the war. 1985

A Woman's Place, Marita Golden (1) Here is the compelling, beautifully told story of three black women who meet at a New England college in the late 60s, and form a friendship that will guide them through the changes, the joys and the tears of the coming years. From Boston and New York to Kenya and Zimbabwe, they are searching for a woman's place. 1986

The Unlit Lamp, Radcliffe Hall (2) Joan Augden is the daughter of middle-class parents living in a stultifying English seaside town. Into her life comes Elizabeth, first as governess, then as passionate friend. As Joan grows to womanhood, Elizabeth offers her the world. Joan's mother, a gentle tyrant, strangles Joan's every opportunity for independence. In the name of love she binds her daughter to her with hoops of steel. 1928, 1981

Between Friends, Gillian Hanscombe (1) A correspondence between two women, who start out as antagonists, forms the basis for this novel. They fall in love with each other as they discuss many of the lesbian feminist issues that matter in their lives. 1982

Nothing Happened, Ebba Haslund, transl. by Barbara Wilson (1) This novel was virtually ignored when it first appeared in 1948. Subtly dealing with lesbian themes, it was criticized for its "perversity," though Haslund went on to become one of Norway's leading authors. Nothing Happened is a moving story of female friendship and the courage to love. 1987

The Long Trail, Penny Hayes (2) The year is 1869. The place is the hot, windswept town of Starcross, Texas. School teacher Blanche Bartholomew and dance hall girl Teresa Stark discover an unthinkable love--a love so forbidden that it is outside every reality of their lives. 1986

Mean Spirit, Linda Hogan (3) Early in this century rivers of oil were found beneath Oklahoma land belonging to Indian people, and beautiful Grance Blanket became the richest person in the Territory. But she was murdered by the greed of white men, and the Graycloud family who cared for her daughter began dying mysteriously. At last a Native American government official, Stace Red Hawk traveled west to investigate. What he found has been documented by history, rampant fraud, intimidation and murder. But Stace also found his deepest self, and an abiding love for his people and their brave past. 1990

Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston (2) Hurston, a gifted author of the Harlem Renaissance, drew upon the folk culture and speech of the people of her hometown in Florida for the setting of this novel. Janey is raised by her grandmother, an ex-slave, who dreams of a better life for her granddaughter. Janey conforms with her grandmother's idea of a good life, and lives through two loveless marriages. Only with the love and respect of her third husband Teacake, does she finally come into her own. 1937

The Legacy, Sonia Jones (1) Reed Calaway assumes a teaching position in Atlanta, working with the woman who loved her mother thirty years ago. The author describes this book as "a twentieth century novel of manners, with the form as vitally important as content." 1976

On Lill Street, Lynn Kanter (2) In 1976, political correctness among lesbian feminists was new, important and exciting. Margaret was 24, living in Chicago and working part-time in a bookstore and part-time for a radical women's newspaper. With wry humor and a 1990s perspective, On Lill Street follows Margaret in he evolution from city-dwelling lesbian separatist to a suburban, mixed gender household in which mutual infatuation leaps to love with a (formerly?) straight woman, all the while maintaining a wide-eyed sense of people politics and love. 1992

Daughters of the Twilight, Farida Karodia (1) Mina, the youngest daughter of an Indian father and Colored mother grows up in a small country town in South Africa in the 1950s. These are the years of laws passed to enforce racial segregation, of families robbed of their homes and businesses, of apartheid under construction. Quiet, introspective Mina watches the members of her family respond differently to the mounting pressure. 1986

The Adventure of The Magnificent Kong and Brawny Mouse, Lucina Kathman (1) King Kong and Brawny Mouse are trying to decide where to go on their vacation--Iowa or Acapulco. They hope some time away together will revive their troubled relationship. Along the way these two lesbians meet up with old friends and make new ones. Read by the author. 1988

Running Fiercely Toward a High Thin Sound, Judith Katz (1) Nadine Morningstar, known as Nadine Pagan, escapes from her incendiary New england Jewish family to the lesbian town of New Chelm. Her mind escapes even further. Meanwhile, her lesbian younger sister Jane is trying to find her, her lover Rose wants to marry her, her mother Faye wants to forget her and her sister Electa wants her family to be normal. It won't happen. Read by the author. 1992

Weeds, Edith Summers Kelly (2) This novel is the story of a woman living in rural Appalachia during the early part of the twentieth century. Although it was written in 1923, this book is surprisingly feminist in its outlook, which may account for the lack of recognition given the author for her work during her lifetime. 1923

Annie John, Jamaica Kincaid (1) As a child on the island of Antigua, Annie John adores her beautiful mother, but then inexplicably she comes to hate her. Adolescence takes this brilliant, headstrong girl into open rebellions and secret discoveries--and finally to a crisis of emotions that wrenches her away from her island home. 1986

Animal Dreams, Barbara Kingsolver (2) At the center of this novel are Kody, her sister Hallie and their dispassionate father, Doc Homer. When Hallie leaves for Nicaragua to join the fight for social justice, an aimless Kody returns to Grace, Arizona to confront her past and face her ailing father. Blending flashbacks, dreams and Native American legends, this is a suspenseful love story and a moving exploration of life's largest commitments. 1990

The Bean Trees, Barbara Kingsolver (2) Taylor Greer grew up poor in rural Kentucky with two goals--to avoid pregnancy, and to get away. By the time she pulls up at a Tuscon, Arizona, auto repair shop called "Jesus is Lord Used Tires" that doubles as a sanctuary for Central American refugees, she has inherited a three year old American Indian girl named Turtle. At the heart of this novel are love and friendship, abandonment and belonging, and the discovery of surprising resources in apparently empty places. 1988

Other Women's Children, Perri Klass (2) Amelia, a pediatrician, finds herself increasingly preoccupied with the contrast between the children she treats and the robust health of her own son. 1990

Who Was that Masked Woman?, Noretta Koertge (2) From the age of 5, when she awakens to the burning facts of life, sex, and religion in a small southern Illinois town, Tritona Getroek has a head-on collision with reality, from which reality has yet to recover. Tretona's feisty battles with preachers, psychiatrists and college deans punctuate her spirited quest for identity and love, a quest that takes her on an unusual journey which merges the erotic with the philosophic. 1981

Obasan, Joy Kogawa (2) Naomi Nakani is a Nissei, the child of immigrant parents living in Canada. She is 5 years old when in early 1941 her mother must go to Japan to visit Naomi's aged grandmother. Pearl Harbor leaves Naomi's mother stranded in Nagasaki. Naomi watches as her family becomes enemy aliens in their own land. 1981

Vital Ties, Karen Kringle (2) Vital Ties is an all-inclusive chronicle of rural Wisconsin farm life and the unexpected connection between neighbors. Lee and Clare are two independent women who both began working farms at time when independence was suspect. This story traces their evolving relationship with each other and all the people touched by their lives. 1992

Modern Daughters and the Outlaw West, Melissa Kwasny (2) In Emeryville, a raucous mining town where the living and dead inhabit each other's dreams and lives, the balances of communities and the land are fragile. When a group of strong- willed lesbians, feminists, barkeepers, artists and single mothers find themselves attacked by hunters, fundamentalist crusaders and highway construction men with bulldozers, they call upon time-tested traditions of women's spirituality and culture for help. 1990

Anna's Country, Elizabeth Lang (2) When Anna Johnson leaves her abusive husband and seeks refuge with her next door neighbor Hope, she begins to make a new life for herself. Anna discovers her own strengths as she changes and comes to terms with a new lesbian identity. 1981

Quicksand and Passing, Nela Larson (2) Nela Larson's novels: Quicksand, 1928, and Passing, 1929, document the historical realities of Harlem in the 1920s and shed a bright light on the social world of the black bourgeoisie. Larson demonstrates a sophisticated understanding and penetrating analysis of black female psychology. 1986

The Girl, Meridel Le Sueur (1) The author, a Minnesota native and long-time radical leader, drew upon her own background and the experiences of a number of women she talked with to write a moving novel about life during the Depression. It is the story of one woman who is trying to make it on her own, but it is also the story of many women's lives during that time. 1978

Disappearing Moon Cafe, SKY Lee (2) This spellbinding first novel portrays four generations of the Wong family. Moving back and forth between past and present, between Canada and China, SKY Lee weaves fiction and historical fact into a memorable and moving picture of a people's struggle for identity and a woman's attempt to understand and end a legacy of silence. 1990

Night Train to Mother, Ronit Lentin (2) "When did the journey begin?" asks Ruth, an Israeli woman, who embarks on a night train across Rumania, hoping to find the villages of her mother's childhood. In Bucharest she finds the remnants of the Jewish community, clinging to survival only through the whims of the repressive Ceausceau regime. Lentin has written a fascinating, absorbing and panoramic yet personal saga with a fine grasp of the irony and tragedy that history often has in store for us. 1990

Letting in the Night, Joan Lindau (1) Letting in the Night is the story of two women in love--separated by geography, time, and their own decisions--who reaffirm their relationship in the face of one woman's terminal illness. 1989

Relatively Norma, Anna Livia (3) Minnie, a London lesbian feminist, flies to Australia to come out to her family. She finds her foster sister struggling with nostalgia for an adopted father and a growing love for women, her mother rebelling against the constraints of motherhood, and her little sister seeking solace in food. This novel is fast paced and farcical. Read by the author and provided to WBP by Feminist Audio Books. 1982

Dusty's Queen of Hearts Diner, Lee Lynch (2) Set in a blue collar New England town in 1972, this is the story of Dusty Reilly who is beginning to realize her dreams. She has met Elly, and together they have opened the Queen of Hearts Diner. As Dusty and Elly work happily as cook and waitress in their successful new business, they seem far removed from America's raging battles over integration. But when their diner becomes the target of anti-gay harassment, they are soon embroiled in their own integration struggle, supported only by a little band of loyal friends. 1987

That Old Studabaker, Lee Lynch (1) Leaving New Hampshire in her prize Studabaker, Andy Blaine has no concept of the odyssey she will undergo in her search for Regina, the lover who has left her. The inimitable Lee Lynch gives us a tender tale of a journey to love, to community, to self. 1991

The Swashbuckler, Lee Lynch (2) Frenchy is a tough butch in the Greenwich Village of the 1960s. Mercedes is a Puerto Rican lesbian, also butch. They meet, separate, and come together as the changing times change them and the other women in their lives. 1985

Toothpick House, Lee Lynch (2) Anney Heasey drives a cab during the day and meets her friends at the local gay bar in the evenings. She feels resigned to being lonely, until she meets Victoria Loch, a middle class student at Yale. In this novel, the old gay world meets the new lesbian feminist culture. 1983

Being Someone, Ann MacLeod (2) "Being Someone is a strong ambitious novel posing important social questions and charting tender private moments. Ann MacLeod writes with clarity, wit and conviction. Readers will welcome this lively debut." -- Valerie Miner. 1991

I Will Not Serve, Eveline Mahyére (1) Sylvie is a rebellious and impetuous school girl of 17. She is expelled from the Convent of Sainte Therèse when she falls passionately in love with her teacher, the nun Julienne. She retreats to the demi-monde of Paris in the 1950's, but she refuses to forget Julienne. 1984

Virgin Territory, Sara Maitland (2) The rape of another nun in a South American mission house brings Sister Anna back to London to work through her emotional reactions and examine her vow of chastity. She questions what is behind the outlawing of female sexuality, and what the link is between sex and violence. Anna's sexual and intellectual crisis is dramatically shared with the reader. 1985

The Chosen Place, the Timeless People, Paule Marshall (3) The chose place is Bornhills, a remote devastated part of a Caribbean Island. The timeless people are its inhabitants--black, poor, inextricably linked to their past enslavement. The advance team for an ambitious American research project arrives and the tense, ambivalent relationship that evolve between natives and foreigners, blacks and whites, haves and have nots--keenly dramatize the vicissitudes of power. 1969

Pembroke Park, Michelle Martin (2) When Lady Joanna Sinclaire meets Lady Diana March on horseback and clad in male attire, she is outraged. Such bizarre behavior is simply unacceptable in Herefordshire! This engaging and erotic novel portrays England's Regency period when, regardless of wealth or title, to love one's own sex was a risk taken only by the most daring. Read by the author. 1986

Home Movies, Paula Martinac (2) Teresa Keenan, a lesbian writer living in New York City is attempting to come to terms with the loss of Jamie, her beloved uncle, a gay rights activist, who has just died of AIDS. Sifting through her memories of life with Jamie, she is reminded of her sister, Alison, who died of leukemia at the age of 11--an event rarely discussed by Teresa's family. As Teresa struggles to find a way forward through her grief, she learns to honor the memory of her sister and Jamie, and in the process finds solace in a renewed sense of self. 1993

Peggy Deery: An Irish Family at War, Nell McCafferty (1) As a Catholic living in Northern Ireland, Peggy Deery was regarded as a second class citizen. The mother of 14 children, she was quiet and cheerful, and indomitably persistent in fighting to drag some dignity out of life for herself and her family. She was on Derry's first civil rights march in 1968 and was disabled by a British army bullet in 1972. She died in 1988. Her life, scarred with tragedy, traces the Northern troubles and the way people, especially women, have withstood the wars society has waged on them. 1988

Sing Soft, Sing Loud: Scenes From Two Lives, Patricia McConell (2) Here is a work of fiction--based on the harshest of realities. In two groups of linked stories this book explores the lives of women in prison--who they are, how they learn to cope and why they return to prison. 1989

Just Say Yes, Judith McDaniel (1) "Just Say Yes is where Lesbian Nuns meets The Joy of Lesbian Sex--in Provincetown, of course. It's fun, feminist, salty, gritty, and hotter than the sands at Herring Cove in mid August. Just say yes to more stories like this one!" -- Kate Clinton. 1991

Winter Passage, Judith McDaniel (1) This warm and intimate novel set in a Vermont village in the '70s, opens the deeper stories of three womens' lives through the door of their friendships with each other. Their growth individually and their connectedness bring startlingly different changes in each woman's life, likewise this book follows unpredictable passages. 1984

The Love of Good Women, Isabel Miller (1) It is the later years of World War II. Gertrude apprehensively takes a war-time factory job and soon she is compelled to confront the bondage of her life. She becomes ever more entwined with Millie, her sister-in- law who is a self-acknowledged lesbian. 1986

Patience and Sarah, Isabel Miller (1) This classic lesbian love story was inspired by the lives of two real women in early 19th century New England. Patience and Sarah find a love for each other without precedent in their experience. Amid stern Puritanism and harsh frontier conditions, the two have only their own inner resources to guide them in forging their relationship. 1969

The Good Mother, Sue Miller (2) After her divorce from Brian, Anna works hard to make a good life for her daughter, Mollie. Her involvement with Leo changes how she sees her sexuality, but the relationship results in a custody fight with Brian. 1986

Blood Sisters, Valerie Miner (2) Following World War Two, twin sisters Jerry and Polly leave their native Ireland to live separate lives in England and America. Their daughters Liz and Beth meet each other many years later in England. The author explores issues of ethnicity, sexuality, careers, and feminism through the lives of these four women. 1982

Movement, Valerie Miner (1) In chapters that read like short stories, this novel captures 10 years of changes in the character Susan's life. Draft deserter's wife, activist, working journalist, feminist--all of these roles are part of her passage through the '70s. 1982

Winter's Edge, Valerie Miner (2) The enduring friendship between two older women is at the center of this novel, which takes place in a downtown San Francisco neighborhood. A hard-fought race for political office, and the wide diversity of people in this neighborhood, provide the context in which each of these women examines her life and her friendship with the other. 1985

As You Desire, Madelyn Moore (1) As You Desire is a story of personal healing set in Paris during the student revolutions of the '60s. Elizabeth is a university professor on sabbatical because of the dissolution of her relationship with her therapist. A hopeful beginning turns to chaos and confusion from which she feels temporarily rescued by a kindly doctor, but he has secrets to hide. This book is courageous and thoughtful, an intimate revelation of one woman's journey from pain to peace. 1993

The Price of Salt, Claire Morgan (2) In this lesbian classic from 1952, self-assured Carol and retiring Therese must struggle with themselves and each other. Carol's husband launches a fierce legal battle to keep them apart. This well-written story is said to be the first lesbian novel with a happy ending. 1984

Her, Cherry Muhangi (1) This is a story about Detroit in the late '50s and '60s and the black men and women who came North to Motor City to work the lines of the Ford Motor plant. In this rowdy irreverent novel, the author explores a myriad of relationships between black women that depict their struggle, how they hold each other up and sometimes let each other down, and how their very lives teach each other survival. 1990

Jasmine, Bharati Mukherjee (2) "A Hindu woman flees her family's poverty and the Sikh terrorism that bloodies her village.... After a time in New York ... she moves to a small town in Iowa. In corn and hog country, now prey to farm foreclosures and despair, she marks with unsparing brilliance the symptoms of a new third world." Los Angeles Times Book Review. 1989

Searching for Spring, Patricia A. Murphy (2) Annie Malloy has accepted her lesbian identity, but cannot seem to assemble the scattered pieces of her life. Then at a fateful reunion with her four sisters, she discovers that the secret ugliness in her childhood is not her secret alone. It is in seeking a therapist for one of her nieces that Annie learns she must first examine her own life and the fury inside her. 1987

Riverfinger Woman, Elana Nachman/Dykewoman (2) Since Inez Riverfinger's arrival on the scene in 1974, women have hailed Riverfinger Women as an indispensable lesbian classic. Discover for yourself, Inez, Abbie and Peggy, and their richly intertwined lives. Recapture the exhilaration and pain of being young and lesbian in the anti-war 60s in this romp through a unique time of personal and sexual discovery. 1974, 1992

Mama Day, Gloria Naylor (2) On the Georgia Sea Island of Willow Springs people still practice herbal medicine and honor ancestors who came over as slaves. Mama Day is a matriarch who can call up lightning storms and see secrets in her dreams. But all of her powers are tested by her great niece Cocoa, a stubbornly emancipated woman, whose life and very soul are now in danger from the island's darker forces. 1988

Good Enough to Eat, Lesléa Newman (2) Liza Goldberg is funny, Jewish, 25 and a bulimic. This novel explores the disease of bulimia and Liza's process of recovery. 1986

For Keeps, Elisabeth Nonas (1) Kate, abandoned by her lover and feeling that her life is on hold, searches for happiness in new relationships. She comes through a family crisis and a period of introspection to find a happy ending with a new lover. 1985

Hawkwings, Karen Lee Osborne (2) Emily is 35 and recovering: recovering from the loss of her best friend to AIDS and recovering from a break-up with her young lover Bonnie. Emily struggles to define her roles in relation to Catherine, a new lover who comes into her life, and to Paul, another friend dying of AIDS. As she tries to help Paul make amends and move on with his life, she has to make choices about her own. 1991

How to Make an American Quilt, Whitney Otto (2) This verbal quilt binds together the stories of the women in a quilting group in Bakersfield, California, exploring the equally strong human desires to be joined and to be separate. 1991

Under the House, Leslie Hall Pinder (2) Like many families, the Rathbones of Saskatchewak have secrets and have been the subject of much local gossip for generations. They don't talk to outsiders and they don't talk to each other. But then there's a death in the family and the Rathbones find themselves in the midst of a crisis that threatens to destroy forever their facade of domestic tranquility. 1985

Taxi, Helen Potrebenko (1) Shannon is a cab driver in Vancouver in the early 1970's. She feels trapped, unable to leave a job where she is demeaned and underpaid. Yet there are also moments in Shannon's reflections upon the state of the world and the monotony of her work, when the humanity of the people she encounters shines through. 1989

Sleeping With The Enemy, Nancy Price (2) Sarah Burney, a young woman driven to the brink of despair by the physical and emotional abuse of her obsessive husband, hits upon a bold and courageous scheme to lose herself, take her destiny back into her own hands and to forge a new independent identity for herself. 1987

The Marquise and the Novice, Victoria Ramstetter (1) This enchanting lesbian gothic romance includes a governess, the mysterious Marquise, and a heroine who saves the day. 1981

Housekeeping, Marilynne Robinson (1) Ruth's youth has been devastated by her mother's suicide and other events beyond her control. Her unconventional Aunt Sylvie brings hope along with love. 1981

After the Fire, Jane Rule (1) At the end of an eight year relationship, Karen Tasuki comes to a tiny island off the coast of Vancouver determined to "learn how to live alone." There she meets Red Smith, and is absorbed into the drama of Red's life and the lives of the three women Red keeps house for. In these women Karen discovers new definitions for family and community and new patterns for the blueprint of her own life. 1989

Against the Season, Jane Rule (2) This consciously old-fashioned novel looks at the cycles of birth, growth and death. Set in a small town, the events that take place revolve around Amelia Larson and her sister, Beatrice, who has recently died but who lives on through her diaries. 1984

Contract With the World, Jane Rule (2) Each of the chapters in this novel focuses on one of the six very different characters whose connections come to make a complex circle of relationships. It is these relationships, rather than the characters themselves, which are the important part of this intriguing story. 1980

Desert of the Heart, Jane Rule (2) Staid literary professor Evelyn Hall comes to Reno, Nevada to wait out six weeks before her divorce. There she meets Ann Childs, a casino "change apron" and talented cartoonist. At once attracted and repelled by each other's worlds, Evelyn and Ann move fitfully toward common ground in one of Jane Rule's most popular and best-written novels. 1964, 1980

Memory Board, Jane Rule (2) For forty years David Crown has kept his twin sister Diana's existence a secret. But now David seeks to bridge those years and recapture the closeness of childhood, to become part of Diana's life with her long-term companion Constance. For the independent, irascible Diana, the overtures from her brother are an unwelcome intrusion. She spends her days fully occupied with Constance, for whom memory is an increasingly sometime thing. 1987

This is Not for You, Jane Rule (2) This elegantly written novel is a compelling look at the lives of two women in the 1950s. The story traces the lives of Kate and Esther and reveals that their friendship, which has the potential for becoming a close love relationship, will never come to fruition--mostly due to Kate's aloofness and inability to let Esther know how much she cares. 1982

The Young in One Another's Arms, Jane Rule (2) Ruth's house has become a home for an assortment of boarders who seem to have little in common with one another, but when the house must be demolished they decide to stick together. This hopeful story centers around shifting relationships and the turbulence of creating and maintaining a community. 1984

On Strike Against God, Joanna Russ (1) Joanna Russ has long been known as a science fiction writer, but in this complex coming-out story she writes in a more conventional style. A teacher of English literature, angered by the inequality of women in society, comes through exploring and questioning to recognize the power of women to make change together. 1980

Two Women in One, Nawal el Saadawi, transl. by Osman Nusairi and Jana Gough (1) This is the story of Bahiah Shaheen, a young medical student and daughter of a prominent Egyptian official. Stifled and oppressed by her rigid surroundings and the dull well-behaved students in her classes, Bahiah yearns for freedom. A casual encounter begins her road to self-discovery and the realization that a life beyond her proscribed female role is possible. 1986

Woman at Point Zero, Nawal el Saadawi (1) From her prison cell, Firdaus, sentenced to die for having killed a pimp in a Cairo street, tells of her life from village childhood to city prostitute. She welcomes death--society's retribution for her act of defiance-- as the only way she can finally be free. Internationally acclaimed, written with a savage and beautiful simplicity, this is Nawal el Saadawi's most powerful novel. 1983

Benediction, Diane Salvatore (1) Grace is a junior at Immaculate Blessing Academy for girls in Queens, New York. When Grace meets Meg the intensity of their friendship includes feelings that Grace knows she should feel toward her boyfriend Glenn. Grace defies her mother and risks her relationship with her best friend Anne to be close to Meg, but pressures from all sides threaten their vulnerable relationship. 1991

Alberta and Jacob, Cora Sandel (This and the following 2 books are recorded consecutively on 5 cassettes.) Alberta is imaginative and intelligent, definitely out of place in the provincial society of Northern Norway in the late 19th Century. She searches for self-awareness in this stifling society. 1962

Alberta and Freedom, Cora Sandel, In the second book of this trilogy, Alberta attempts the Bohemian life of a writer in Paris. Unable to accept other people's binding views of womanhood, she constantly struggles against them, but never defines her own vague longings. 1962

Alberta Alone, Cora Sandel, Still in Paris, Alberta finds herself closer to the confines of her sex than ever before. She seeks a balance between her responsibilities as a mother and self- fulfillment as a writer. 1965

As We Are Now, May Sarton (1) Carol, 76, is placed by her brother in an old, run-down nursing home in the country, where she struggles to survive the shock of being deserted. The caretakers of the home are determined to make her submissive, but Carol ultimately acts to take charge of her own life and death. 1973

The Education of Harriet Hatfield, May Sarton (2) At 60 Harriet Hatfield begins a new adventure. Her friend of 30 years has died and left her enough money to fulfill her dream of opening a women's bookstore. But the newly opened store becomes the target of threats, and Harriet's education begins when a newspaper headline proclaims Harriet's lesbianism. 1989

The Fur Person, May Sarton (1) In this well-loved story by May Sarton, we meet Tom Jones, a gentleman cat who decides to give up his wild ways for a home with two "old maid housekeepers." 1957

Mrs. Stevens Hears the Mermaids Singing, May Sarton (2) Mrs. Stevens, a famous author, makes a home alone in New England in her old age. During the course of a grudgingly granted interview, she reflects on her significant relationships with both women and men. 1965

A Reckoning, May Sarton (2) Laura Spellman learns that she has only a few months to live and she is determined to die in her own way, with as little medical intervention as possible. During this time she thinks a great deal about relationships and her family. She views this as a time for making the "real connections" with the people in her life. 1978

After Delores, Sarah Schulman (1) "A madcap mixture of romance, crime and passion among a group of colorful women in New York City's lower east side. Sarah Schulman has a wonderful ear for the sounds of women talking." -Jill Johnston 1988

The Sophie Horowitz Story, Sarah Schulman (1) Sophie, an intrepid reporter for New York's Feminist News, is intrigued by the mystery surrounding Germaine Covington and Laura Wolfe, two women who went underground for their involvement in terrorist activities. They have surfaced in connection with a bank robbery, and Sophie wants to be the first to get the real scoop. 1984

Disturbances in the Field, Lynn Sharon Schwartz (3) Lydia Rowe has reached a place of equilibrium in her life, as wife, mother and musician. She reflects upon the experiences and relationships of her childhood and college years, cherishing her sense of security. But soon tragedy strikes her family, and its devastation almost sweeps away the life she has built so carefully. 1984

Happy Endings are All Alike, Sandra Scoppettone (1) Jaret and Peggy have graduated from high school, and they are looking forward to a summer together before they start college. Almost nobody knows about their relationship, but then a hateful violent act by a local boy pushes the two young women out of the closet and threatens to drive them apart. 1991

Burning Questions, Alix Kates Shulman (3) Burning Questions is the story of how one Midwestern girl, not content with the role models of the 1950's, moved to New York City to search for the "passionate action of her time." Zane found the Village, but becoming part of the inner circle proved impossible. She opted for marriage, had three children and felt more and more isolated as the ferment of the 1960s seemed to pass her by. It wasn't until she risked telling her life story to the Third Street Circle, a group of feminist activists, that Zane was rewarded by finding her place in history as an organizer in the women's movement. 1990

The Changlings, Jo Sinclair (3) This is the story of two young women, one Black, one Jewish, whose efforts to forge a friendship counter with anger and rage in their Midwestern inner-city neighborhood of the early fifties. 1983

Constance Ring, Amalie Skram, transl. by Judith Messick and Katherine Hanson (2) High-spirited Constance is married off at a young age. In her marriage and even in later relationships, she is tormented by the double standard of the day. First published in 1885, this novel is still immensely readable--the passionate story of a woman who collides tragically with the repressive society in which she lives. Amalie Skram had enormous influence as a writer and is still widely read in Norway. 1988

Clenched Fists, Burning Crosses: A Novel of Resistance, Chris South (2) The witness to a murder at an anti-Klan rally faces threats of retaliation. Not entirely coincidentally, the wife of the police chief seeks refuge at a battered women's shelter. This is a story of women fighting together against the violence that occurs in their lives. 1984

Bones and Kim, Lynn Strongen (1) In a stream-of-consciousness style, through journal entries and letters, Kim reflects on her early childhood in the South, her mother Bones, her experience being hospitalized with polio, and her life with women now. 1980

Womonseed, Sunlight (2) As the sun goes down on the longest day of 1999, the women and children gather in a meadow to sing their songs and tell their stories--accounts of their origins, their journeys to Womanseed, and the growth of their own culture. Emerging from their struggles in the hard reality of the former world, the women discover their power, inner wisdom, magic and love. Read by the author. 1986

Leave A Light on For Me, Jean Swallow (3) Set in present day San Francisco, this is a novel about four women who are trying to understand and work through the hard parts of their lives. 1986

Faultline Sheila Ortiz Taylor (1) This is a hilarious novel about a lesbian mother with six children and three-hundred rabbits. Her adventures are recounted through the voices of some of the other characters in this book. 1982

Southbound, Sheila Ortiz Taylor (1) The tarot cards have predicted great change for Arden Benbow, and change is descending at a chaotic rate. Evicted from the homey confines of UCLA, Arden decides to bring her family across the country for a job in Florida, despite threats from ex-husband, Malthus, to seek custody of the 6 kids, and the young woman who is pursuing her beloved Alice. 1990

Spring Forward/Fall Back, Sheila Ortiz Taylor (2) Seventeen-year- old Elizabeth Rivers falls in love with her English teacher, but at summer's close she must sever herself from her beloved, family and home on Catalina Island to begin the next passage of her life. On the California mainland, at the same point in time, Marci Tyson, 29 and pregnant, buys her own house, leaves her husband and has a child. Ten years later these two meet, and eventually fall in love, discovering that their individual striving has always been a part of the same cyclic and mythic movement of time. 1985

Prism, Valerie Taylor (1) Ann Bissani has retired from her last job and ended a relationship. She decides to leave Chicago to retire in a small town in the east, thinking that old age will mean that her life is essentially over. But all that changes when she meets Eldora. 1981

Choices, Nancy Toder (2) Two women become lovers in college in the early '60s, and after school go in separate directions. Years later they meet again and find they must resolve the bond that still exists between them. 1980

Meridian, Alice Walker (1) In this novel Walker explores the relationships among Meridian, a Black woman from the south, Truman, the man she becomes involved with when they are both activists in the Civil Rights Movement, and Lynn, a white woman whom Truman also has a relationship with. 1976

The Wide Wide World, A Novel, Susan Warner (4) First published in 1850, this domestic epic is the seven year pilgrimage of a girl sent out into the world at age ten by her dying mother and careless father. Shunted from relative to relative, Ellen Montgomery remains faithful to her mother's teaching of complete Christian selflessness in the face of brutality and contempt from those she encounters. More than one-hundred years after its first publication The Wide Wide World remains absorbing and provoking to an extraordinary degree. 1987

The House with the Blind Glass Windows Herbjorg Wassmo (2) Tora lives in a fishing village in northern Norway with her mother and stepfather. Embittered by the war, out of work and often drunk, her stepfather is a growing source of danger to young Tora. Helped by her aunt and other girls and women around her, Tora struggles to create a safe place for herself in the world. 1981

No More Secrets, Nina Weinstein (1) "It wasn't exactly rape. At least that's what the policeman told my mother." With these words, sixteen-year-old Mandy Baker begins to tell the story of what happened to her long ago, and how it has affected her ever since. Mandy, a strong and funny, and sometimes lonely, teenager, struggles with memories on her own, until persistent health problems force her and her family to confront the past. 1990

Aftershocks, Jess Wells (2) Trout, aka Tracy Giovanni, is businesswoman and organizer extraordinaire. She has everything under control until the big earthquake hits San Francisco, and things rock apart. The aftershocks ripple through the lives of Trout, her partner Patricia and stepdaughter Beth, and their friends and neighbors. The aftershocks take people back and propel them forward. 1992

Hodag Winter, Deborah Wiese (2) When first grade teacher Colleen O'Hara's principal fires her because she is a lesbian, she, her lover Sandra and supportive friends, plan their course of action to contest the firing. The fight for Colleen's job becomes the backdrop for an exploration of the complex relationships among lovers and ex-lovers, friends and blood family. 1991

Torchlight to Valhalla, Gail Wilhelm (1, recorded with the following book) In this novel, also written in the 1930s, Morgan nurses her dying father, to whom she is totally devoted. She has aspirations to be a writer, and is courted by an overly anxious suitor. A romance with a woman brings her a surprising sense of freedom. 1985

We Too, Are Drifting, Gail Wilhelm (1, recorded with the preceding book)With Wilhelm's first novel, originally published in 1935, the protagonist Jan tries to break free of overly possessive Madeline, and to find what is good in life for herself and Victoria. 1935, 1984

Scuttlebutt, Jana Williams (1) This is a lively foray into the world of women recruits at the U.S. navy boot camp outside Baltimore in the early 1970's. Based in part on the author's own experience of military life, her novel is peopled with memorable women. 1990

Ambitious Women, Barbara Ellen Wilson (2) Alison and Holly own a print shop together, and much of the rest of Alison's life is taken up with raising her two children. When she helps a woman who is wanted for a terrorist bombing, she is threatened with a grand jury investigation that could result in a jail sentence. The events that follow change her life and the lives of her friends. 1982

Cows and Horses, Barbara Wilson (1) After the break-up of her relationship with Norah, Bet escapes Seattle for a visit to Mary Anne's farm. There she meets Kellie, who pursues Bet when she returns to Seattle--to the futon business she still owns with Norah. This is an absorbing novel of separation and change, self- exploration and the complexities of relationships between women. 1988

Our Nig, or Sketches in the Life of a Free Black, Harriet E. Wilson (1) Written in 1859, this is the first known novel by a black woman in the U.S. It was rediscovered and re-published in 1983. The story, which is told in the tradition of slave narratives, also contains elements of the 19th century sentimental novel. 1983

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, Jeanette Winterson (1) Set in working-class Lancashire, in the '60s, this novel relates the childhood and adolescence of the author, who was adopted by a pair of stern Pentecostals. Her family and church are determined to drive out the heathens and demons that populate the world, but in adolescence the narrator herself turns out to be possessed by one of the worst ones-- romantic and sexual love for a woman. Winterson interweaves Arthurian legends, fairy tales, dreams and Biblical parables throughout the narrative of her exile. 1985

The Passion, Jeanette Winterson (1) This historical novel intertwines the destinies of two remarkable people, the soldier Henri, for eight years the faithful cook who follows Napoleon from the glory of empire to Russian ruin; and Villanelle, the red-haired daughter of a Venetian boatman, whose several identities are created whole cloth out of Venice's compound of carnival chants and darkness. As the army huddles outside the gates of Moscow, Henri and Villanelle, one a deserter and the other deserted, become confederates, and flee the zero winter for Venice. There they meet their singular destiny in a combination of love and politics, the same today as it ever was, in a novel timeless in its appeal. 1987

Hidden Pictures, Meg Wolitzer (2) Laura Giovanni, a disappointed young wife and mother, spends her days drawing the "Hidden Pictures" page for a children's magazine. Slowly and shyly Laura begins to explore the hidden pictures in her own life. A new relationship, this time with a woman, brings difficult pressures to bear on herself, her partner and her child. 1986

This is Your Life, Meg Wolitzer (2) The popular culture of the 1970's forms the backdrop for this novel about Opal and Erica, the daughters of famous comedian Dotty Engles. As these young women pass into adulthood, each of these women's lives takes a different path. 1988

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