Patience and Sarah

Patience and Sarah front cover. On a black background and to the bottom right of the image, two women are partially in view. They are both naked. The one on the left is sitting down, her back to the reader at a three-quarter angle toward the left, in a fetal position, her head fully tucked between crossed arms that wrap around her knees. Of the second woman, only part of her torso, right arm and left breast can be seen. She faces the other woman and rests her right hand over her left elbow, arm over the shoulder. The scene is lit from the bottom left, as with a spotlight. Around the women, everything is wrapped in darkness.
A sensitive, candid novel of two who chose another way...'It may be that one must be a male, or owned by one, not to be their natural victim...It may be that there's no place on earth for women who refuse to bend their necks to be the ward of males - neatly transferred from father to brother to husband to son to grave...''The love between the women is such a delicate and sinewy play of demand and consent between the two of them that any reader must understand that this is not a case of perversion of known codes of behaviour, the lie of Butch and Bitch, but a question of making it up as they go along, acting with deep spontaneity and utter commitment. There is nothing fantastical about it, no suggestion of sexual exoticism or misconceived role playing.' -Germaine Greer. 'A delicately etched, sympathetic story' -Sunday Times.

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Patience and Sarah

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A Place for us

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190 pages
18 cm

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Damon, Gene. "Patience and Sarah." Ladder, Vol. 16, No. 7/8, April/May 1972, p.28

If you have missed this, don’t go on depriving yourself – it’s a major Lesbian novel and one of the best ever issued.

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"A sensitive, candid novel of two who chose another way...'It may be that one must be a male, or owned by one, not to be their natural victim...It may be that there's no place on earth for women who refuse to bend their necks to be the ward of males - neatly transferred from father to brother to husband to son to grave...''The love between the women is such a delicate and sinewy play of demand and consent between the two of them that any reader must understand that this is not a case of perversion of known codes of behaviour, the lie of Butch and Bitch, but a question of making it up as they go along, acting with deep spontaneity and utter commitment. There is nothing fantastical about it, no suggestion of sexual exoticism or misconceived role playing.' -Germaine Greer. 'A delicately etched, sympathetic story' -Sunday Times." -Back cover

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On a black background and to the bottom right of the image, two women are partially in view. They are both naked. The one on the left is sitting down, her back to the reader at a three-quarter angle toward the left, in a fetal position, her head fully tucked between crossed arms that wrap around her knees. Of the second woman, only part of her torso, right arm and left breast can be seen. She faces the other woman, and rests her right hand over her left elbow, arm over the shoulder. The scene is lit from the bottom left, as with a spotlight. Around the women, everything is wrapped in darkness.

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Miller, Isabel, “Patience and Sarah,” The Lesbian Pulp Fiction Collection @ Mount Saint Vincent University, accessed December 1, 2022, https://msvulpf.omeka.net/items/show/656.