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The Swashbuckler

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  55 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Frenchy Tonneau leaves her closeted home in the Bronx for the bars of New York City, the freedom of Provincetown, and the liberation of Greenwich Village in the 1960s and 1970s. Her hangouts, her women, her small yet universal world tell the stories of the times – and the stories of lesbians today. A timeless journey and a riveting read, The Swashbuckler is heart-wrenching ...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Bold Strokes Books, Inc (first published April 1985)
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Brook
Nov 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Damn. This book was a rough and wonderful read. I almost quit at the start with the very dated and gross treatment of femme characters, but the politics expanded beyond that and challenged the dichotomy of the times. Super great books. One of the best from my lesbian book club.
Ellen
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
True to Life

An honest and robust portrayal of the Sixties. The book title, Swashbuckler, perfectly portrayed the heroine. A slice of history along with deep, heartfelt thoughts of such realist and identifiable characters. The ups and downs of trying to find oneself were so genuinely written. I easily snuck into a part of this world while reading about it. Good to recall our struggles and have new respect the risk-takers of the past, each day's bravery building on the one before it. There are tho
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mr. kate
Another sentimental lesbian novel...but this time about a butch who falls in love with *gasp* another butch...or alternately a book about two women who take ten years to get their lives together so they can be in love. The descriptions of NYC from the late 60s and early 70s are really interesting. It also deals with issues of race and of course queer kinships. I enjoyed this book, though it is a product of its time. Totally the kind of book you take to the beach or read on the subway to kill tim ...more
Bryn
Jan 28, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: diddy-boppers
Shelves: gay-gay-gay
I love this Naiad Press butch-femme stuff.

And I maintain, you guys gotta see the cover of this book.
Sassafras Lowrey
Jul 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a fun read if like me you are a fan of vintage lesbian fiction
Lea
Feb 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite Lee lynch book. I love the setting of New York in the 1960's it's a good history lesson. I read it when I was 10 or 11, so I think it was somehow instrumental in my developement.
Martha Miller
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best lesbian book I've ever read. I loved it.
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Lee Lynch published her first lesbian fiction in “The Ladder” in the 1960s. Naiad Press issued Toothpick House, Old Dyke Tales, and more. Her novel The Swashbuckler was presented in NYC as a play scripted by Sarah Schulman. New Victoria Publishers brought out Rafferty Street, the last book of Lynch’s Morton River Valley Trilogy. Her backlist is becoming available in electronic format from Bold Str ...more
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