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Posts tagged with "sarah waters"

Feb 3 '14
‘When did you know?’ Sue finally demands of Maud. ‘When did you know everything, about us, about—Did you know, at the start?’

A question, in my experience, that women who fall in love with women constantly ask each other, and themselves.

Emma Donoghue, quoting and discussing Fingersmith by Sarah Waters in Inseparable: Desire Between Women in Literature (reviewed at The Lesbrary).

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Jan 24 '14
TB reviews Tipping the Velvet by Sarah WatersTipping the Velvet, published in 1998, by Sarah Waters is a historical novel set in Victorian…View Post

TB reviews Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters

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Nov 22 '13
TB reviews Fingersmith by Sarah WatersAfter I read Tipping the Velvet, the debut novel by Sarah Waters, I was hooked on her writing. She…View Post

TB reviews Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

After I read Tipping the Velvet, the debut novel by Sarah Waters, I was hooked on her writing. She…

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Aug 9 '12
It is a world that is made of love. Did you think there is only the kind of love your sister knows for her husband? Did you think there must be here, a man with whiskers, and over here, a lady in a gown? Haven’t I said, there are no whiskers and gowns where spirits are? And what will your sister do if her husband should die, and she should take another? Who will she fly to then, when she has crossed the spheres? For she will fly to someone, we will all fly to someone, we will all return to that piece of shining matter from which our souls were torn with another, two halves of the same. It may be that the husband your sister has now has that other soul, that has the affinity with her soul—I hope it is. But it may be the next man she takes, or it may be neither. It may be someone she would never think to look to on the earth, someone kept from her by some false boundary…
Affinity by Sarah Waters

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Jun 12 '12
"Today if you are a lesbian and want to get married in Iowa, you are in luck," Schulman writes. "But if you are a human being who would like to read novels with lesbian protagonists with openly lesbian authors, close your eyes and think of England" — where lesbian novelists Sarah Waters and Jeanette Winterson are celebrated.

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Jun 5 '12

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit - I cannot stand Jeanette Winterson. As an author. I’m sure she’s AWESOME as a person and probably bakes cookies for her friends when they’re having a bad day and housesits and doesn’t ask for anything but instead BAKES MORE COOKIES for when you come home. But this book? Jeanette Winterson is the Queen of Vague Writing and General Subtextery. Meaning for this whole novel, I was going “Wait, is she 12? 18? Is she saying she likes ladies? OMG WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH THE NEIGHBOR ARE THEY HAVING SEX GOOD LORD I HOPE SHE ISN’T 12.”

Kissing the Witch - These are interwoven fairytales that’ve been kinda redone by Emma Donoghue, who is a badass at writing. I’m on my fourth book of hers and this one is STILL my favorite (the others I’ve read are Landing, which is contemporary and not amazing but not bad, Slammerkin, which I super-enjoyed but is not gay and not as good as this [not because of the not-gay thing], and I’ve started Room, which I am WAY not into).

Tipping the Velvet - This is like the Holy Grail of lesbian novels. Sarah Waters is SUPER-smart AND writes about Victorian England. She said the purpose behind TtV was to show different types of Victorian lesbian relationships, and man, she succeeds. Because the heroine, Nan, is all OVER the place and probably gets like 50 diseases, but they are tastefully not mentioned. And Flo is in it, and Flo is awesome. Kitty is also awesome, but more in a bitchy way that destroys your life.

Fingersmith - (feel free to snicker at the title) This is pretty heavily influenced by The Woman in White, so I’m glad I read it before WiW, because otherwise I might’ve been all indignant instead of “OMG SO MANY TWISTS.” It’s got an insane asylum featured, and who DOESN’T love Victorian novels about insane asylums?

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Apr 15 '12
[image description: a photo of Sarah Waters in a coffee shop. There is a mug in front of her. She has her hand on her chin and is smiling at something to the left of the camera. End description.]

She has been wearing the crown as king of lesbian fiction since Tipping the Velvet was published in 1998 and arguably became the most important piece of historical gay fiction of all time. But because her writing pulls all readers into intense, rich and atmospheric worlds, she has successfully managed to drop the “gay writer” tag to simply become one of the UK’s most popular authors. She is one of a very few number of writers whose books are not just slotted into the LGBT section at the back of the bookshop, but are firmly on the bestseller piles.

[image description: a photo of Sarah Waters in a coffee shop. There is a mug in front of her. She has her hand on her chin and is smiling at something to the left of the camera. End description.]

She has been wearing the crown as king of lesbian fiction since Tipping the Velvet was published in 1998 and arguably became the most important piece of historical gay fiction of all time. But because her writing pulls all readers into intense, rich and atmospheric worlds, she has successfully managed to drop the “gay writer” tag to simply become one of the UK’s most popular authors. She is one of a very few number of writers whose books are not just slotted into the LGBT section at the back of the bookshop, but are firmly on the bestseller piles.

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Feb 22 '12

And so I wasn’t so very surprised to spot Grayson Perry sitting quietly at the back of the lecture hall on Monday night, listening to Sarah Waters read from and talk about her most recent novel, The Little Stranger. Sarah Waters is one of my favourite writers, not least for her ability to conjure a whole world and invite us in to be entertained.

Both these artists are deservedly popular; both have made mincemeat of the trend for minimalism, restraint, cynicism and world-weariness. Like Grayson Perry, Sarah Waters was funny, engaging and honest, answering questions and staying behind to sign books after the talk, despite the efforts of the organiser to whisk her away.

Blake talked of artists ‘seeing a world in a grain of sand’. Some artists seem to have misinterpreted that as meaning they can just show us the grain of sand, and we’ll get the reference. Grayson Perry and Sarah Waters take the grain of sand and paint the world on it. Long may they, and their art, prosper.

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Jan 25 '12
[image description: a person with curly hair and glasses covering most of their face with The Night Watch by Sarah Waters. End description.]

[image description: a person with curly hair and glasses covering most of their face with The Night Watch by Sarah Waters. End description.]

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Nov 11 '11
Sarah Waters is another author who comes to mind, whose Tipping the Velvet and Fingersmith—books that have been described as lesbian historicals and lesbian picaresque—share shelf space with her last novel, The Little Stranger, a gothic historical horror story… . You might not be able to categorize Sarah Waters’ work but you know a Sarah Waters novel when you read it…

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