Best Lesbian Fiction

Novels in which lesbians are the main characters; their lives, relationships and friendships.
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message 1: by Alienne (new)

Alienne I can't believe 'Keeping You A Secret' isn't on here! *adds*


message 2: by Jess (new)

Jess I wish there were more books :( I don't really know any heh.


message 3: by Ab (new)

Ab Everyone should check out feministqueerlibrary and add to friends! My girlfriend and I are trying to get together a bigger, more comprehensive list of books in the LGBT genre, fiction and non, adult, YA, children's, etc. So if you have any books to add after viewing the list, you definitely should send a message suggestion!


message 4: by Briar Rose (new)

Briar Rose I don't think it actually counts as lesbian fiction, but The Telling, by Ursula Le Guin is a great sci-fi novel with a lesbian main character.


message 5: by Baxter (new)

Baxter Trautman Check out the latest from Lambda Literary Award nominee, Baxter Clare Trautman. The River Within follows three women whose bonds are strained, reforged, and ultimately strengthened as they struggle to choose between the lives they think they should have and the lives they want.


message 6: by Sandra (new)

Sandra Forbes hmmm, what about the Beebo Brinker series?


message 7: by Xandra (new)

Xandra I recommend Haruki Murakami's Sputnik Sweetheart. It's an unrequited love story, but it's beautiful and full of emotion.


message 8: by Sandra (new)

Sandra Forbes Lesley Gowen is pretty good too


message 10: by Ulithium (last edited Jun 07, 2012 12:33AM) (new)

Ulithium The Kendrian Chronicle: Human Zero

By Ulithium

On a planet called Chromast, fifteen year-old Kendra opts out of the daily psychotropic supplements widely consumed in her utopian society. After evading detention for disorderly conduct, she is left to face her bourgeoning sexuality, her mother’s untimely death, and the newfound knowledge that her planet isn’t as harmonious as it seems.

In this science fiction, coming- of- age, LGBT-oriented epic, a new heroine emerges. Kendra embodies the archetypal mystical revolutionary in a new way. She is determined to rescue the love of her life, Lindra, from an abusive center for troubled children, only to come face to face with the price of utopia.


message 11: by Kendra (new)

Kendra saunders About a Girl
by Joanne Horniman


message 12: by Yaris12 (new)

Yaris12 a lesbian author like, m/m author mary calmes???????


message 13: by Yaris12 (new)

Yaris12 especially as the series A Matter of Time, I want a lesbian version


message 14: by Helena (new)

Helena Wewee


message 15: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Did I miss seeing The Dark Side of Venus by Shirley Verel on this list? Can't believe it isn't on here. I remember it well as I went to the trouble of acquiring a hardcover first edition from England-which I still have! Well written and the 2 women end up together. Published in 1960 and I don't believe it has been re-issued but I am researching it now. Google has digitized it but the link seems to not work this morning.
Nancy


message 16: by Anna (new)

Anna Rose Can anyone recommend any books with a femme couple/pairing? Lately (or all) the F/F books I've read feature a femme woman and an androgynous woman. Would like to discover a femme/femme pairing for once! (preferably historical or a good erotica but I'm not picky as long as it's a good read)


message 17: by Sandra (new)

Sandra Forbes Bb wrote: "Can anyone recommend any books with a femme couple/pairing? Lately (or all) the F/F books I've read feature a femme woman and an androgynous woman. Would like to discover a femme/femme pairing for ..."

Try "Desert Hearts" aka: Desert of the heart. Years ago I got all my Lesbian books via naiad press... http://www.naiadpress.com/ I read so many I can't remember them all.. I do remember one of my favorites was Kathleen Forest "An emergence of green" Hope this helps and if I think of anything else I will let you know.


message 18: by Anna (new)

Anna Rose thanks Sandra, was there a movie of that? Sure I watched it


message 19: by Sandra (new)

Sandra Forbes Hi Bb, yes there was a movie and the movie was better. I had a hard time getting through the book but that was back in the 80's and I was still just getting into reading. Check out the naiad press link, find what you would like there and then look to buy them somewhere else cheaper ;) Back in the day I used to order from them and they would arrive in the mail in brown paper disguise... those were the years where we could not just but them at any bookstore... was like being a pervert, crazy really. Check out "Travels with Diana Hunter" can't remember the author... that one is more of a players story but I don't remember there being a lot of butch/femme distinction. It's hard to find fem/fem from back in the day because it was an uncommon pairing up back then. I would imagine today there would be more of it but, I just can't seem to recall any off the top of my head... although I did read one not too long ago.. I will look later on my shelf to see if I can find some.


message 20: by Anna (new)

Anna Rose thanks for the info Sandra, will look into the book!


message 21: by Marianne (new)

Marianne The January Flower has just been longlisted for the Polari First Book Prize 2013
http://www.polariliterarysalon.co.uk/...


message 22: by Julie (new)

Julie Some people posting on this list clearly don't know the difference between fiction and non-fiction.


message 23: by Nancy (new)

Nancy While this is an older novel it is still a beautifully written story of 59 year old Mrs. Mercedes Medina who unexpectedly falls in love with a 30 year old woman named Lennie who is working in a flower shop.


message 24: by Iza (new)

Iza Moreau Bb wrote: "Can anyone recommend any books with a femme couple/pairing? Lately (or all) the F/F books I've read feature a femme woman and an androgynous woman. Would like to discover a femme/femme pairing for ..."

Try my Small Town Series. The first novel is called The News In Small Towns. It sounds like exactly what you're looking for.


message 25: by Fiery (new)

Fiery Jack No Michelle Tea?!?! That's whack.


message 26: by Daniel (new)

Daniel Written on the Body is not lesbian fiction, the narrator has no defined gender.


message 27: by Carrie (new)

Carrie Belcher Anna wrote: "Can anyone recommend any books with a femme couple/pairing? Lately (or all) the F/F books I've read feature a femme woman and an androgynous woman. Would like to discover a femme/femme pairing for ..."

Loved and Lost by Stephanie Kusiak - 2 feminine women incredible romance.


message 28: by AJ (new)

AJ Anyone know a good book with a butch pairing? Or at least butch/femme? Like Anna most of what I've read is femme/andro. I've also read quite a bit of femme/femme. Which is fine, but I'd like to read something different.


message 29: by Stacy (new)

Stacy Mar 'Alma Rose' by Edith Forbes is my favorite lesbian romance.


message 30: by Reina (new)

Reina are any of these books in the adult romance genre or erotica?? just looking for something kinda spicy you know!


message 31: by Nancy (new)

Nancy No Reina, I don't think so but I can suggest taking a look at the lesbian publishers out there like Bella Books, Sapphire books and Bold Strokes books. They all have erotica and romance novels. Have fun!


message 32: by Nancy (last edited Dec 27, 2015 12:39PM) (new)

Nancy Dakota by Karen E. Baker
DAKOTA - Karen E. Baker brings us an important story of love and survival, as well as a timely tribute to the many veterans in our GLBT community.


message 33: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Nancy wrote: "No Reina, I don't think so but I can suggest taking a look at the lesbian publishers out there like Bella Books, Sapphire books and Bold Strokes books. They all have erotica and romance novels. Hav..."
You might also want to check in on Shadoe Publishing, which has offerings in the erotic genre.


message 34: by Jackie (new)

Jackie Coupe Reina wrote: "are any of these books in the adult romance genre or erotica?? just looking for something kinda spicy you know!"

The Girls Club


message 35: by P. (last edited Jun 22, 2016 06:03AM) (new)

P. Industry @Daniel; based on what you've said, Written on the Body has been removed.

If anyone else spots something miscataloged, sing out here in the comments. Sometimes these lists grow a few weeds, and without a librarian literally reading all the books it becomes difficult to manage.


message 36: by P. (new)

P. Industry @Susan: my reasoning was this. Normally books that are gender non-specific are done in that way so one can ascribe it in any one the reader pleases. So although you might read it as lesbian, it is perfectly reasonable (and indeed just as correct) to read it as straight or non-binary.

This list is for explicitly lesbian main characters - therefore Written on the Body would not qualify.

If another librarian is around to check-moderate and come down on one or the other side of the question, I welcome the input.


message 37: by Kathryn (new)

Kathryn P. wrote: "@Susan: my reasoning was this. Normally books that are gender non-specific are done in that way so one can ascribe it in any one the reader pleases. So although you might read it as lesbian, it is ..."

@P: I love that you are moderating this list and keeping it true to the lists name. I wish all 'List' creators were as conscientious.


message 38: by Booklovinglady (last edited Sep 10, 2016 06:50AM) (new)

Booklovinglady Odd maybe, but I never think of a book as 'gay' or 'lesbian' fiction. To me, it's just a good book. Or not, of course :-)

And how does The Colour (#619) qualify?


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