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We Too Are Drifting: A Novel
by Gale Wilhelm
"Perhaps the best of all time... it deals with boyish, yet feminine Jan Morale; her struggle to escape her affair with Madeline, a married woman, and to find happiness, despite family complications, with a young girl, Victoria. Exceptional literary merit." -- Marion Zimmer Bradley
Published February 1985 by Naiad Press
(first published 1935)
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Why did I never come across this in my early angsty 'I'm a dyke and probably the whole world will end now' phase (which, thankfully, I grew out of in my early 20s. The angst, not the orientation) Modernist, minimalist, stream-of-consciousness, wonderful. Beautiful and of course tragic, Wilhelm writes in the 1930s (!!) of a butch-femme romance set in San Francisco. It doesn't end well (what writing from this period does, really, especially where us poor lesbians are concerned--yes, I'm looking at ...more
Hooks you into the characters. The style is a bit maddening (dialog is not in quotation marks, some of the sentences are somewhat run-on), but the development of the characters is such that you want to read more. I originally checked this out of the library strictly for the purpose of correcting its catalog data (I volunteer for a library), but grabbed it off the table in an idle moment, and got hooked. First lesbian novel I ever read! I'd recommend it for the character studies alone.
Modernist novel/la about a butch sculptor, the woman she despises and is in lust with, and the pretty young thing she falls in love with. The problem with modernism is that it's so deliberately minimalist and allusive that if you don't get the allusions, you are completely lost. Even without the footnotes, the Victorians are easier to follow; they are so fond of exposition. So this has some lovely stream-of-consciousness writing and a few conversations that make no sense whatsoever to me.