Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers - A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America Book
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As Lillian Faderman writes, there are "no constants with regard to lesbianism," except that lesbians prefer women.
In this groundbreaking book, she reclaims the history of lesbian life in twentieth-century America, tracing the evolution of lesbian identity and subcultures from early networks to more recent diverse lifestyles.
She draws from journals, unpublished manuscripts, songs, media accounts, novels, medical literature, pop culture artefacts, and oral histories by lesbians of all ages and backgrounds, uncovering a narrative of uncommon depth and originality.
"Odd Girls reverberates with the powerful voices of people speaking for themselves.... Faderman empowers her subject; instead of allowing lesbian lifestyles to be defined from the outside, her voice and those of other women transcend destructive stereotypes and misconceptions. Odd Girls offers a lucidly written and moving narrative of lesbian culture and community during its formative years."
The Village Voice
"A grand narrative synthesis of the cultural, social, and political history of lesbian life since the late nineteenth century.... Engaging and deeply moving stories."
New York Times Book Review
"A splendid, uplifting achievement."
"An important and challenging work for lesbians and heterosexuals alike.... Odd Girls is a key work, the point of reference which all subsequent studies of twentieth-century lesbian life in the United States will begin."
San Francisco Examiner
"Fascinating... poignant and moving... Odd Girls is full of facts and wonderful details that readers may not have encountered, things that are a pleasure to learn and that seem valuable to know."
Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Faderman's sweeping, mesmerising prose accentuates the magnificent scholarship in this definitive account of lesbian life in the past 100 years.... Faderman has combined her talent and experience to accomplish this wonder."
Barbara Grier "Lambda Book Report "
"Nothing odd about Odd Girls--it combines clear prose with meticulous research. This book is an important contribution to understanding America and its people in our time."
Rita Mae Brown, author of Rubyfruit Jungle
"One has to respect the tenacity of Lillian Faderman for making sense of the evolution of lesbian life in twentieth-century America.... This is a remarkable social history.... Her study attains the depth and evenhandedness of a scholarly classic."
Susan Brownmiller "The Washington Post Book World "