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[[ Read Book ]] Ô Odd Girl Out â In the s, Ann Bannon broke through the shame and isolation typically portrayed in lesbian pulps, offering instead women characters who embraced their sexuality With Odd Girl Out, Bannon introduces Laura Landon, whose love affair with her college roommate Beth launched the lesbian pulp fiction genre What can I add to what has been said before These are seminal books, that while slightly dated compared to today s reality, speak with quiet passion and dignity about the struggles and consequences of following your heart, wherever that might lead you The over riding message that I have always taken from these books is to be true to yourself A must read. I love this book Even though it was published before even my mother was born, this book impacted my life in a way that I can t put into words adequately I was seventeen years old, queer and miserable and living in an extremely rural and insular area, and I felt that I was the only girl in the world who was attracted to other girls This was pre internet, of course I knew that there were men who were attracted to men my best friend was one of them , but I had never knowingly met a woman att I love this book Even though it was published before even my mother was born, this book impacted my life in a way that I can t put into words adequately I was seventeen years old, queer and miserable and living in an extremely rural and insular area, and I felt that I was the only girl in the world who was attracted to other girls This was pre internet, of course I knew that there were men who were attracted to men my best friend was one of them , but I had never knowingly met a woman attracted to another woman.I was on vacation in Maine, and I found a little used bookstore I started looking through the titles, and for some reason Odd Girl Out caught my eye And thenthe cover Oh man, the cover It was the Naiad Press version, the one with two girls kissing in silhouette, and my heart literally felt as if it came to a stop I had to buy this book It took me almost a half hour to gather up the courage to take it up to the counter, and the entire time I was afraid that my family would come find me and I d have to put the book down and leave it behind I remember reading that book that night, in the dark, the pages illuminated by a flashlight I was terrified of being caught, but I HAD to read this in one sitting And I did.And even though it s not a particularly happy ending, Laura resonated with me I was Laura There were other Lauras out there I only had to find them And a year later, I discovered the internet and chat rooms and my life was irrevocably changed for the better, but this book validated me This book told me that I wasn t alone I still have the Naiad Press version, tattered and creased and well loved and read, sitting beside the newer Cleis Press version If I had to pick one book that impacted my life above all others, this is probably the one that I d choose This review was written for The Lesbrary.Laura goes off to college and meets Beth Beth inspires in her a frenzied, frightening passion, which she can barely contain Beth, in her loneliness, is drawn to Laura s worship of her They start an affair Until Beth meets Charlie, and finally falls in love.This is basically the plot of Ann Bannon s Odd Girl Out and on this cursory, superficial level, I sort of enjoyed it It s not the best written story I have ever read, and in particular, I found the This review was written for The Lesbrary.Laura goes off to college and meets Beth Beth inspires in her a frenzied, frightening passion, which she can barely contain Beth, in her loneliness, is drawn to Laura s worship of her They start an affair Until Beth meets Charlie, and finally falls in love.This is basically the plot of Ann Bannon s Odd Girl Out and on this cursory, superficial level, I sort of enjoyed it It s not the best written story I have ever read, and in particular, I found the narrative head hopping from one character to the next jarring However, as a pulp novel, it satisfies There are a lot of trembling arms and heaving sighs, a lot of exclamatory statements and women on the brink of overwhelming desires As a modern day reader, I didn t much like it Laura, for being the star of the scandalous lesbian plot, fairly disappears from the book for the last half When she is present, her character is presented as an underwhelming girl child, always crying or about to cry Beth s motivations for wandering in and out of a lesbian romance are explained in the most facile psych 101 terms she wasn t loved enough as a child Charlie is an odd combination of tender and caveman, having his way in the name of Good Manly Decision making whenever the plot requires it As a modern day lesbian, I liked it even less I will say, that for something produced in pulp literature world of the late 1950s, Odd Girl Out is less judgemental and less condemning than I expected There is no happy queer ending, but on the other hand, Laura is able to achieve a sort of self acceptance that is presented in an admirable light Beth and Charlie definitely win the narrative race to heteronormative success, but Bannon carves out a small space for Laura too, and I appreciated that Fabulous, vivid read that had me rapt If you re interested in the roots of lesfic, you absolutely must read this book, because this is where it started There s a clear line to be drawn from this book to Curious Wine to Karin Kallmaker, Georgia Beers, etc.Also, for anyone curious, I was expecting a terrible ending, and while it may not have bee a happily ever after for Laura and Beth, it was optimistic in its own way I m so glad I read it.