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This Lambda Literary Award anthology showcases the diverse visions of literary lesbian writers--women who have loved women and write from that place; includes great pieces by terrific writers such as Mary Gaitskill, Cheryl Strayed, Ana Castillo, Carole Maso, Carol Anshaw, Stephanie Grant, and others.


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This Lambda Literary Award anthology showcases the diverse visions of literary lesbian writers--women who have loved women and write from that place; includes great pieces by terrific writers such as Mary Gaitskill, Cheryl Strayed, Ana Castillo, Carole Maso, Carol Anshaw, Stephanie Grant, and others.

30 review for Tasting Life Twice

  1. 4 out of 5

    Elaine Burnes

    This is from 1995. I found it at the library. The intro is worth the price, actually twice the price (as it was free). I might post about it in an area more conducive to discussion, because it's a fascinating topic--what is lesbian fiction anyway? Basically, this sets out to respond to (if not answer) what has sadly become an age-old question, "Why is lesbian fiction so bad?" (The editor's answer to my first question is, fiction by lesbians.) Can't say as this is a resounding answer of "It doesn' This is from 1995. I found it at the library. The intro is worth the price, actually twice the price (as it was free). I might post about it in an area more conducive to discussion, because it's a fascinating topic--what is lesbian fiction anyway? Basically, this sets out to respond to (if not answer) what has sadly become an age-old question, "Why is lesbian fiction so bad?" (The editor's answer to my first question is, fiction by lesbians.) Can't say as this is a resounding answer of "It doesn't suck, it's great!" Well, some of these are quite good, some are completely incomprehensible. Fiction, IMHO, shouldn't use footnotes. Some completely lack story, despite being very well written. Not all are about lesbians. Among the contributors: Stacey D'Erasmo, Mary Gaitskill and E. J. Graff (because she's local) were the only ones I'd heard of. Googling a few to see what they've been up to since, brought interesting results. Of the several sites mentioning Carole Maso, the word lesbian only appears on Wikipedia in the title of this book under her credits. Ana Castillo's Wikipedia has this, "Many of her protagonists are fiercely independent, sometimes lesbian, women." Other sites....nothing. Rebecca Brown: Ah, "Rebecca Brown is an American lesbian[1:] author whose work has contributed significantly to contemporary gay and lesbian literature." And another, "Jenifer Levin is an American fiction writer, noted for her contributions to lesbian fiction." Why she's even a member of the "lesbian literati." At any rate, an interesting book. ETA: This book is not out of print.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Joanna

    Fantastic book, with a lot of really great stories from lesbian writers who've gone onto build up great literary reputations in the years since it was published. Stand outs are Stephanie Grant's "Posting Up," Stacy D'Erasmo's "Latitude" and the piece by Carol Anshaw excerpted from "Aquamarine." Fantastic book, with a lot of really great stories from lesbian writers who've gone onto build up great literary reputations in the years since it was published. Stand outs are Stephanie Grant's "Posting Up," Stacy D'Erasmo's "Latitude" and the piece by Carol Anshaw excerpted from "Aquamarine."

  3. 4 out of 5

    Maureen Stanton

    A wonderful collection of short stories by terrific writers, a much needed book to add to our literary landscape.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Freyja Vanadis

    There were only a handful of stories in this collection that I thought were worthwhile, and only one I actually liked - an excerpt from Carol Anshaw's book Aquamarine. There were only a handful of stories in this collection that I thought were worthwhile, and only one I actually liked - an excerpt from Carol Anshaw's book Aquamarine.

  5. 4 out of 5

    E.j. Levy

    This won a Lambda Literary Award and has great pieces by terrific writers like Cheryl Strayed, Carole Maso, Stephanie Grant, and others.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

  7. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

  8. 4 out of 5

    Haley Zaremba

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jayan Parameswaran

  10. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lit Prof

  12. 5 out of 5

    Laura Ann

  13. 4 out of 5

    Priscillap

  14. 4 out of 5

    masha

  15. 5 out of 5

    Amber

  16. 4 out of 5

    Bert

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sandy S.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amber

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    Sarah

  20. 4 out of 5

    J. Annie

  21. 5 out of 5

    Joanna Eleftheriou

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kate

  23. 5 out of 5

    Yvette

  24. 5 out of 5

    Joel

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Yates

  26. 4 out of 5

    Joya

  27. 5 out of 5

    OTIS

  28. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Routley

  29. 4 out of 5

    Charles S.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Heather

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