Classic Lesbian Literature: Ann Bannon's Odd Girl Out Featured As Inspirational Queer Literature

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Pulp fiction classic Odd Girl Out (Cleis Press) was highlighted as an essential queer read.

Odd Girl Out by Ann Bannon

Odd Girl Out by Ann Bannon

Unlike its contemporaries, Odd Girl Out offered a hopeful perspective on being lesbian in the 1950’s.

Odd Girl Out, Ann Bannon's queer pulp classic, was spotlighted by Curve Magazine as part of a Lesbian Lit 101 feature. Curve explains that "unlike its contemporaries, Odd Girl Out offered a hopeful perspective on being lesbian in the 1950’s." Bannon's Odd Girl Out is just one of her critically acclaimed Beebo Brinker series available from Cleis Press.

What People Are Saying About Odd Girl Out (also in audio):

"Bannon's books grab you and don't let go."
—Village Voice

"When I was young, Bannon's books let me imagine myself into her New York City neighborhoods of short-haired, dark-eyed butch women and stubborn, tight-lipped secretaries with hearts ready to be broken. I would have dated Beebo, no question."
—Dorothy Allison

In the 1950s, Ann Bannon broke through the shame and isolation typically portrayed in lesbian pulps, offering instead women characters who embraced their sexuality. With Odd Girl Out, Bannon introduces Laura Landon, whose love affair with her college roommate Beth launched the lesbian pulp fiction genre.

Ann Bannon is the author of the classic lesbian pulp novels Beebo Brinker, I Am a Woman, Journey to a Woman, and Women in the Shadows. She lives in Sacramento, CA.

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