Women in the Shadows

Women in the Shadows Ann Bannon
  • Title: Women in the Shadows
  • Author: Ann Bannon
  • ISBN: 9781573441490
  • Page: 228
  • Format: Paperback
  • Women in the Shadows Ann Bannon Women in the Shadows Designated the Queen of Lesbian Pulp for her landmark novels beginning in Ann Bannon s work defined lesbian fiction for the pre Stonewall generation Following the release of Cleis Press s new ed
    Designated the Queen of Lesbian Pulp for her landmark novels beginning in 1957, Ann Bannon s work defined lesbian fiction for the pre Stonewall generation Following the release of Cleis Press s new editions of Beebo Brinker and Odd Girl Out, Women in the Shadows picks up with Beebo s relationship with Laura waning, as both women become caught in the cultural tumult gayDesignated the Queen of Lesbian Pulp for her landmark novels beginning in 1957, Ann Bannon s work defined lesbian fiction for the pre Stonewall generation Following the release of Cleis Press s new editions of Beebo Brinker and Odd Girl Out, Women in the Shadows picks up with Beebo s relationship with Laura waning, as both women become caught in the cultural tumult gay bar raids, heavy drinking, gay rights advocacy that anticipates by ten years the Stonewall Rebellion of 1969 New introduction explains the book s evolution, including the role Bannon s divorce played in shaping the lesbian protagonist s outrage.
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    About Ann Bannon


    1. Ann Bannon pseudonym of Ann Weldy is an American author and academic She is known for her lesbian pulp novels, which comprise The Beebo Brinker Chronicles and earned her the title Queen of Lesbian Pulp Fiction Bannon was featured in the documentaries Before Stonewall 1984 and Forbidden Love The Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives 1992


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    1. Welp, this book is something of a miserable slog You have to hand it to Ann Bannon for going there domestic violence in queer relationships, racism, internalized homophobia, lavender marriages but it s not a fun ride I definitely see why this book is historically significant, but Women in the Shadows is too melodramatic and dated to be as poignant as it wants to be and ends up being just plain heavy In a way the characters still make sense Jack s always been a self loathing jackass, Laura s alwa [...]

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    2. Well, this wasn t a book I probably would have read on my own, but as it was an assigned book for a class on Sex, Gender Other Difficult Topics in Modern Fiction I found it very entertaining As an example of the historical outlet for subculture it was fascinating, this was perhaps the most interesting aspect for me Overall, the basic aspects of the book are fundamental pulp fiction with all the salacious aspects used to their fullest If you go into the narrative understanding that part of the na [...]

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    3. This was the darkest one probably out of the Beebo Brinker chronicles A really deep sobering look into the chemistry of a disintegrating relationship, all that goes into it and all the ways one escapes such a thing The ending was sad in its finality and its message, but quite appropriate for the time the story takes places in Though the book tended to dive into high dramatics now and again, it was also surprisingly serious and offered much insight to the innerworkings of human mind and heart Rec [...]

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    4. My favourite in the series So intense and it stirred up a lot of emotion in me These characters were wretched and tortured and they felt so achingly real.

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    5. I must admit that this is one of Bannon s and indeed, that of any other author most difficult books I have ever read Sometimes most of the time, actually what we wish would happen just doesn t and it s not in our power to change it, and it s heartbreaking This book illustrates this reality in painful terms.I read it first, agonized because I love these characters so much, because it s clear that Bannon loved them so much too When I read it again a couple years later, I realized I was watching an [...]

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    6. I think this is the most controversial of Brannon s pulp novels It has the gay guy and the lesbian marrying as the gay guy realises he no longer wants to have his heart broken but wants to have a daughter instead It was a very dark and sad book There was a lot of internalised homophobia, even from the characters that had been accepting of their situation When the gay guy married he said he finally felt like a man because he had a wife It was odd to see how they settled into their 50s sterotypes [...]

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    7. Women in the Shadows, by ann Bannon, Narrated by Kate Rudd, produced by Cleis Press and downloaded from audible.In this, the third book in the chronicles, we continue to follow Laura as she experiments with and learns about love through various relationships The dominant and darkest one was with Beebo Brinker, who was so desperate to hang on to Laura that she kept track of her every move, abused her and finally did other things to try to keep Laura in the relationship Also in this book, we see J [...]

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    8. The third book in the Beebo Brinker series, Women in the Shadows is dark and quite depressing Although Laura and Beebo ended up together, seemingly happy, at the end of I Am a Woman, their relationship has soured, at least on Laura s side She no longer loves Beebo, although Beebo is desperately in love with her so desperate, in fact, that Beebo kills her beloved dog Nix and tells Laura that she was beaten and raped Wow As if that isn t enough, Laura carries on a quasi affair with an Indian girl [...]

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    9. When I got a used copy of The Beebo Brinker Chronicles this summer, my friend warned me not to read Women in the Shadows It s just racist and bad, she said But, since I d previously read Odd Girl Out, Beebo Brinker, and I Am a Woman, I was curious about this one Man, I should have heeded my friend s warning Granted, Ann Bannon novels are pulpy and pre Stonewall, but this particular one is fucked up beyond belief While Beebo may have been problematic yet somewhat charming in the other novels, her [...]

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    10. This book was traumatizing I read this book for a project I did for school about lesbian pulp novels published between 1950 1965 This book was written by the infamous Ann Bannon, a queer woman who wrote several lesbian pulp novels, most of them a part of the Beebo Brinker Chronicles This book is the third book in the series Despite my intense dislike of this book, it is valuable for historical analysis However, if you are looking for a book that positively portrays lesbianism, queerness, or butc [...]

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    11. Every character does so many problematic things i don t know where to begin marriage by blackmail, extremely abusive relationships, co dependency, animal abuse, alcoholism This is a pulp novel though and not a page goes by when the main protagonist doesn t declare her undying love for someone I don t know why, in a book full of problems, I was most annoyed by Tish s self hate and racial identity issues There is enough self loathing to go around.

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    12. This was a really disturbing book I normally won t gravitate to this kind of book but I was challenged by my book club members to give my review It s dark, complicated and an intense often unhealthy narration of love in the lives of this group of gays, lesbian and heterosexuals I almost puked at the violence in the name of love as well as the reasons for deciding to bear a child Kudos to the writer but content quite disturbing

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    13. This book is hella traumatic I had to put it down for a moment several times Not really what I thought I was getting into I only finished it because it seemed like I needed the context in order to read the next book.It s interesting as a primer in how homophobia can make gay people destroy themselves without straight people having to lift a finger Domestic violence, alcoholism, self hatred what fun Mostly, though, Laura is too stupid to believe.

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    14. Reading the afterward clears up the author s intentions a bit But still, this wasn t as good as others I ve read It felt a bit like sweeps week She pulls out every possible catastrophe or cheap trick and it ends up being dark and a little tedious at points Interracial relationships, straight marriages between gay people, rape, murder, alcoholism and .

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    15. I would give this 2 stars out of solidarity, but the fact of the matter is, even with lesbian pulp of the 1950s, I have no patience for total heteronormativity and crazily depressing characterisation.

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    16. Not a great readNot a great read I liked book 1 from the series better Laura is a selfish, destructive character No redeeming qualities At least Beebo changed for the better in the end Didn t care for Jack s character either Too pathetic.

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    17. This was thankfully the last of the series I wanted to read it to get a sense of what sorts of fiction women had available to them back in the 50 s and early 60 s I m glad I read them but I can t say I enjoyed it Worthwhile historically, but it s hard for a modern audience to relate.

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    18. I very much enjoyed this book and all the books in the series Awesome cover art Love the pulp revival movement.

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    19. A little time capsule from queer life before liberation Overwrought and dated in a pulp sort of way, but delightful and fun both in spite of AND because of those qualities.

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    20. Great pulp A quick and delightful read.

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    21. OMG, these characters are all manipulative sociopaths I guess that s what makes it fun reading

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    22. just a little pulp fiction just a whole lota of melo drama.

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    23. This one was mostly depressing, and the part about Nix was really disturbing, but I 3 Jack so it wasn t a total loss.

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