Lesbian Pulp Fiction – Beebo Brinker

beebo brinkerLesbian. Such a soft word, mellifluous on the tongue; such a stab in the heart to someone very young, unsure, and afraid.

I love that line, it was worth reading this book just so I could remember that sentence. It’s so poetic and in my opinion it still rings true today. It also sums up the book perfectly.

Beebo Brinker is about a young girl who leaves her small town (of closed-minded people) for the big city, she’s alone, she feels abnormal and she’s terrified of telling any one her secret desires for women.

Yes it’s about a young girl’s self discovery and has a colourful range of characters some very stereotypical of the era but there’s more to it than that. It’s surprising how the fundamental issues brought up in a book first published over 50 years ago are still relevant today.

It’s quite sad really, all that time has passed yet people, young and old are still being disowned because of their sexuality. We’re still experiencing homophobic remarks and everyday sexism in and out the workplace. This madness amazes me!

If you’re interested in LGBTQ studies or just enjoy reading lesbian fiction this is a great book. It was an easy read which I love. There’s nothing worse than re-reading a paragraph ten times and still not having a clue what you’ve just read! (Is it just me?).

Love

this girl

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