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360 pages, Hardcover
First published May 5, 2020
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The more power they gave, the higher the price. That was their power, but it was their burden as well.
“I have loved you.” She smiled, a quirk of her tremulous lips. “That is enough.”
She did not need to say: You’re home because you’re here with me.
She did not need to say: I will be your home.
Thank you to Candlewick Press for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! This did not affect my opinion in any way.
All quotes are from an advance copy and may differ in final publication.
✰ sapphic readathon ✰
Happy Pride Month! In celebration, I will be reading a bunch of F/F books. Because M/M books dominate LGBTQ+ literature. It's effortless to find a good M/M book, but finding a good F/F one is more of a challenge. I keep seeing the same five books popping up in every list. I'm a member of a group that had a themed book of the month a while back. The theme was LGBTQ+ literature. And all the options on the poll were M/M. There were maybe ten to twelve of them. I was angry. So I'm on a mission to find more books with sapphic characters, because only having one type of rep is not really rep at all.
Book 1: Fingersmith: ★★★★★
Book 2: The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea: ★★☆☆☆
“They do prefer women.” This time, Flora said nothing. The spell of safety Florian cast over her life was slipping, and yet she did not seem to be a female anymore, either. The loss stung. She was neither, it seemed. Or at least, she didn’t reap the benefit of either.
Hearing Florian aloud dragged her back to the Dove, back to her life on the sea with the Nameless Captain and Rake. And Alfie. “That’s not my name,” she said finally. “Isn’t it?” Xenobia held Flora’s eyes, unblinking. […] “There are those who are neither man nor woman. Those who were born and called the wrong gender and must reshape their story for those around them. But you. You’re something else. You’re whatever is safe. Both, maybe, but not neither. Or interchangeable.”