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The Girls Club by Sally Bellerose
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Aug 28, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: lesbian
Read in August, 2011

I liked this. It is definitely excellent writing. I don't mean to sound surprised, but there's so much mediocre stuff out there. This has a lot going on and sure made me glad I wasn't aware of my sexuality sooner. This time period was not an easy one to come out into. The relationship among the three sisters was very well done--says someone with no sisters. It made me think of my wife's sisters and my cousins, all have this kind of complicated love/hate vibe going on. I thought the setting, Chicopee, Mass., could have been a bit more vivid. No, Bett, it's not New York State, but could have been. Could have been just about any working-class town. The end didn't go quite where I'd hoped, but it was satisfying. I wonder if the theme of guts was intentional. It sure was fitting. Cora Rose lost her guts, but she sure gained some. This is not a Romance, just so you know. It is a very good, literate novel about being a lesbian. Very nice.
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