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This is Isabel Miller's last book, and also her least popular. I can see why. The main character, Lucille, is a difficult person to like, and so is the titular character, Laurel. But the book isn't really about either of them. It's about the many kinds of relationships two women can have with one another, and the huge unbridgeable gap that lies between any two people trying to understand and love one another. As people we somehow have to figure out a way to negotiate this gap with language, kind ...more
Did lesbians ever actually talk like this? I feel really bad if this is how my fore-mothers dated. Most of this book is lesbians having these drag-out psychoanalysis conversations. I just kind of wanted to send the younger one to trauma-literate therapy and the older one out to meet new people. I was disappointed to not like this book more, because I really like this author a lot in general. The non-dialogue parts were really enjoyable.
Isabel Miller was the pen name of Alma Routsong, an American novelist best known for her lesbian fiction. She graduated from Michigan State University in 1949 with a degree in art. Her first two novels (A Gradual Joy and Round Shape) were published under her own name, with the later works under the pen name Isabel Miller — a combination of an anagram of “Lesbia” and her mother’s maiden name.More about Isabel Miller...
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