April 26th is the International Lesbian Visibility Day! And what’s a better way to celebrate that than having a lesbian talk about other lesbians? (Possibly getting said lesbian a girlfriend but shh…)
I was actually talking with Charlotte about what we should post for this occasion and at first we just wanted to go with books with lesbian protags. But then we realised… As many sapphic books as we’re getting lately, still not a lot of them uses the word “lesbian” on page. And I’m not gonna lie, I would really love for us to finally get over that and stop treating lesbian as a dirty word or whatever is happening here.
But yes, this is why y’all are getting a rec list of books written by lesbians. We gotta stick together, right? I’m also changing the format of our rec lists for this one, because I want to highlight authors more than anything else. I’ll be putting one book per a lesbian here, but that’s not to say I think it’s the only one you should read!
💚 Emily M. Danforth (The Miseducation of Cameron Post)
💚 T Kira Madden (Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls)
💚 Mia McKenzie (The Summer We Got Free)
💚 Tillie Walden (Spinning)
💚 Natasha Alterici (Heathen)
(born up to early XX century)
💚 Radclyffe Hall (The Well of Loneliness)
💚 Lucie Delarue-Mardrus (The Angel and the Perverts)
💚 Natalie Clifford Barney (A Perilous Advantage)
💚 Vernon Lee (Hauntings and Other Fantastic Tales)
💚 Mai-mai Sze (Silent Children)
This list is obviously in no way comprehensive. I didn’t want it to be. Rather, I wanted this to be a jumping point for you guys to start reading more by lesbians. Some pointers, so it would be easier for you to find other books by yourselves. I hope I succeeded.