Beebo Brinker

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Cleis Press, 2001 - Fiction - 233 pages
42 Reviews
Designated the "Queen of Lesbian Pulp Fiction" for authoring five landmark novels beginning in 1957, Ann Bannon's work defined lesbian fiction for the pre-Stonewall generation. Unlike many writers of the period, however, Bannon broke through the shame and isolation typically portrayed in lesbian pulps, offering instead women characters who embrace their sexuality against great odds.

With Beebo Brinker, Bannon introduces the title character, a butch 17-year-old farm girl newly arrived in New York after she is driven from her Wisconsin home town for wearing drag to the State Fair. Befriended by the gay Jack Mann, a father-figure with a weakness for runaways, Beebo sets out to find love. She never knew what she wanted--until she came to Greenwich Village and found the love that smolders in the shadows of the twilight world.

Overwhelmed with her discovery, Beebo is infatuated in turn with the vixen Mona Petry, the sweet femme Paula Ash, and the famous actress Venus Bogardus. Sexy, dangerous, and often touching, Beebo Brinker's search for love takes her from password-protected 1950s lesbian bars to the glamour and ritz of Hollywood and back. Chronicling the reality of 1950s lesbian life through Ann Bannon's dreamy butch, Beebo Brinker is an astounding and engaging read.

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Review: Beebo Brinker (Beebo Brinker prequel)

User Review  - Sarah - Goodreads

Romance! Melodrama! Read all about it! Classic pulp prose that reads like a comic book. All the wacky fifty's-style romantic drama without the heteronormative whitewashing. Fast and fun. Read full review

Review: Beebo Brinker (Beebo Brinker prequel)

User Review  - Dallian - Goodreads

Looking past some sexist flaws of the time, this book actually makes me want to read the rest of the series to see how this character develops. All in all it was a pretty great read. Read full review

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About the author (2001)

Ann Bannon is the author of classic lesbian pulp novels such as Odd Girl Out, Women in the Shadows, and Journey to a Woman. She lives in Sacramento, CA.

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