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The Sophie Horowitz Story

3.63  ·  Rating Details  ·  100 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Comic send-up of radical lesbian feminist mores in the fast-paced world of NYC. Sarah Schulman's first novel.
Paperback, 158 pages
Published August 1st 1984 by Naiad Press
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Jeremy Preacher
Jan 05, 2011 Jeremy Preacher rated it liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
I picked this up from a general recommendation list of lesbian fiction - it's not the sort of book I'd come across in the normal course of my library ramblings. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either.

It's probably insulting to the author to say this, but this book reminded me of nothing more than Janet Evanovich's slapstick-romance series. A very loose plot, lots of seriously wacky characters, and plenty of truly absurd situations. There are some interesting insights into the nature of re
Jun 09, 2015 Megan added it
Shelves: lesbian-mystery
See my full review of this novel in the Lesbian Mystery Reading Group.
Jan 06, 2011 Travis rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009
Sophie is a reporter caught up in a story about radical feminists Germaine Covington and Laura Wolf. The more she tries to get to the bottom of things, the more she finds herself tangled up in everything.[return][return]This is Schulman's first novel and it's very obvious. It's not nearly as well-written as the other books I've read by her and the plot's a little muddled and everyone but Sophie feels more like a prop than an actual person, but I still enjoyed it quite a lot. I'm glad this wasn't ...more
B. Hallward
A misguided and badly executed attempt at both satire and detective fiction. The underlying concept of combining lesbian fiction with established genres would work better if the novel were even a halfway decent stab at a detective story. The humor fails often to register as humor, leaving me with a vague sense that something was probably meant to be funny. The attempt at capturing a time and place is not vivid enough to translate across intervening decades.
Sep 21, 2014 Melinda rated it liked it
The writing wasn't great, I wasn't enthralled by the plot, but I liked the vivid assortment of characters, mainly women, and the glimpse into life and feminism in the early 1980s. I also appreciated the storyline about the homophobia of her conservative, Jewish family — which, if semi-autobiographical, I suspect is a theme she expands on in her nonfiction book on familial homophobia, which is on my to-read list.
Paul Bryant
Apr 30, 2011 Paul Bryant rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Morrissey
This is a lesbian detective story. Yes, there are such things. Got to love those micro-genres, like Christian death metal, and hardcore handbag, slipstream steampunk, and Harry Potter S&M fanfiction (go on, google, you know you want to). Anyway I read it and I felt like a bit of a tourist but it was pretty good.

It occurs to me that there's probably lesbian Christian death metal, too.
May 12, 2010 Ocean rated it really liked it
this book has pretty much everything i like: weirdness, dykes, a critique of our oppressive government, and the occasional one-liner that is so brilliant i nearly fall off my damn chair. sarah schulman is pretty much the only person who writes books that i can genuinely relate to. she makes me homesick.
Jan 09, 2009 Gloss rated it really liked it
I think it's easy to forget how *funny* Schulman can be, in that very dry, matter-of-fact way. This is her first novel, and it's funny and packed with food references, and although she of course got better as time passed, this is a wonderful tale.
Feb 13, 2011 Roy rated it really liked it
The first lesbian detective story. A great romp throught the life of a young woman born and conditioned in Manhattan. A keen take on lesbian relationships and culture is an essential and delighful aspect os this very humorous and generous book.
The lack of stars is not an accident.
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Sarah Schulman is a longtime AIDS and queer activist, and a cofounder of the MIX Festival and the ACT UP Oral History Project. She is a playwright and the author of seventeen books, including the novels The Mere Future, Shimmer, Rat Bohemia, After Delores, and People in Trouble, as well as nonfiction works such as The Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination, My American History: ...more
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