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Finding Bluefield, a lesbian-fiction, multi-generational family saga, chronicles the lives of two women who, by seeking love and family, found themselves navigating unknown territory during a time when relationships like theirs were mostly hidden and often dangerous. While Nicky and Barbara and their son Pau
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 18th 2012 by Bold Strokes Books
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Amanda
Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
I read this book because my previous read from this indie publisher (Bold Strokes Books) was such a unique, well-written piece of GLBTQ lit, and I was excited to get more. Unfortunately, the quality of this book does not come close to that of my previous Bold Strokes Books read.

The plot is moderately common in lesbian fiction. Girl meets girl. Couple wants a baby. Girl gets pregnant. Can they raise the baby and keep the relationship going. With the added backdrop of prejudice and changing rights
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Kiley
Aug 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
wanted to read this mainly because I was born and raised in Bluefield. In all reality, the story was A LOT deeper than just being about a small town in the 1960's. I definitely found myself relating to the female character from Bluefield, just because there is something about the small town you can never leave behind. However, the story also touched on deep topics (such as gay rights and racism), so if you have any narrow mindness about such topics, just know this book isn't for your enjoyment. ...more
Lisa
Dec 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-on-kindle
I entered to win a copy of this one, and eventhough lesbian fiction isn't my thing,I have to read this eventually. I grew up in this "obscure" little town in VA and it was a surreal experience to stumble upon it browsing through giveaways. I'm curious........

Living in a small town comes with lots of stereotypes like, progress comes just a little slower in small towns.This book seems to be answering that with a resounding No! According to this book my little hometown of Bluefield Virginia was the
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Sabriena
Mar 23, 2013 rated it it was ok


I got Finding Bluefield a few months for review and had actually filed the e-mail away into my book folder and forget to read it. To Elan Barnehama, I am sorry for the wait in the review to be done.

Finding Bluefield is about two women who fall in love in the 60s and one, Nicky, goes to the Martin Luther King march and sleeps with a man for the sole purpose of getting pregnant. Nine months later and they have Paul. Nicky's sister wants to adopt him so he'll have a 'normal' family. Nicky gets
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Cab
Mar 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: e-books, lgbt, fiction
This story takes place between 1960 and 1983 and follows the lives of Nicky and Barbara. The story is interesting especially as you place it into historical context and realize how much more difficult it was to be in a same sex relationship in the 60’s and 70’s and the extent that they had to hide their relationship. Having said that there were definitely times where I couldn’t fathom some of the decisions that Nicky would make just assuming that everything would be wonderful. She’s not just wea ...more
Lenny Pearl
Dec 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Don't let the subject matter fool you. This book goes beyond what "lesbian fiction" is conceived to be. It's a universal story about love and acceptance - either from one's self or society - whose central characters happen to be two women who want to share their lives together and be a family. From a historical perspective the book spans from 1960 to 1983 and you are taken back to relevant periods where the underdog is longing to be heard through civil right issues. Along with that, the author g ...more
Suze
Dec 04, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Suze by: won from author on Elisa Rolle blog
Not so much a character story as a history lesson.
Set from the early 60's covering a 20 year period. In this time Nicky and Barbara meet, Nicky has Paul and they raise him to 20. And really that is almost as much as we get for their relationship.
However, we have their life played out against some of the big events of the times - King Rally, Woodstock - and against the social mores of the time. It shows that we have come so far and yet also nowhere!
Nicky's family caused lots of worry and upheaval
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Danika at The Lesbrary
Sadly, this was one of my least favourite reads in a while.

My main problem of Finding Bluefield is this: it tries to do too much. It's as if it's trying to document racism and homophobia in the 60s and 70s South in a 216 page lesbian romance (?) novel, but the topic is too broad and it's as if the narrative keeps getting distracted by other things.

My full review is here: http://lesbrary.com/2013/08/14/danika...

But suffice to say I didn't enjoy it.
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Dide
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It's style of writing isn't something you come across with modern writers and though I do find it sort of racially esteeming, it was a pretty good read all through... well perhaps the later parts were revelations come to play does feel somewhat unfulfilling but good book all the same ...more
Amanda
Nov 02, 2012 rated it liked it
An endearing book, about the love of two lesbians going through the hardships of life in a crucial time for our country. It was an enjoyable read, something one would pick up to pass the time away. However, I found it lacking in details. There was more about Nicky than Barbara; little about Paul as he grew up. It just seemed to be a rough draft of a story of what could have been more.
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