This time, we’ll take a look at the science fiction and fantasy genre for lesbians in the 21st century, including a new book by a lesbian writer about the world of lesbian fiction, The Witches of East End: Lesbian Literature and Politics.
Lesbians are still underrepresented in the popular culture, with only 1 percent of all women writing fiction in America, according to the Association of American Publishers, while only 1.3 percent of women of color are writers.
That doesn’t mean that all women of colour don’t write, though.
Here are 10 of the best lesbian books, by Lesbians, in our opinion.1.
Lesbian Literature and Democracy, by Jennifer E. Mascaro (HarperCollins)The title for this book might sound like a throwback to the 1950s, but the author is no stranger to writing lesbian stories.
In the 1980s, she was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and in 2013, she won the National Book Award for the short story “The Wretched of the Earth.”
Mascario has written about many themes, including the need for political representation in our society, the impact of sexual abuse, and the impact that domestic violence has on lesbian and transgender women.2.
Lesa’s Stories, by Marjorie Rizos (Little, Brown)Mascaro’s second novel, Lesa is an author and activist with a long history of activism and activism on behalf of queer people of color, including advocating for legal protections for LGBTQ people and queer communities.
In her debut novel, Mascarios characters are drawn in ways that are both humorous and touching.
Rizoz is also an award-winning journalist and writer of essays, interviews, and articles on race, feminism, and queer life.3.
My Brother’s Keeper, by Kaitlin Mccann (Simon & Schuster)Mccann is a feminist, writer, and activist who has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Nation, and Salon.
Her work has been lauded for its challenging, intersectional perspective on queer and trans issues, but Mccans’ most recent novel, My Brother, Keeper, is also a challenging read.
Mccancann uses the language of black and white to explore issues like poverty, racism, and incarceration.4.
The Last Wives of Blackness, by Doreen Green (Simon and Schuster, $24.95)Green’s novel is about a trans woman who has lost her husband, but is able to keep her identity and fight for herself as a writer and as a person, by way of a novel, and by means of a feminist critique of transphobia.
The book is set in the same world as the original novel, which was set in a world that is still segregated and in which a trans person would be killed for being trans.5.
The Lost Tribe, by Jessica Goldberg (W.W. Norton)Goldberg’s latest novel, The Lost Tribes, is a powerful story about how an immigrant mother and her two young children discover their indigenous culture and language through a series of small, intimate books, all written in a language that they do not speak.
Goldberg is a writer, translator, and director of documentary films, and her work has also been shown in the U.S. and abroad.6.
All the Things You Should Know About the World According to a Lesbian, by Krista J. Stirling (Doubleday)Stirling is a gay, transgender woman who is an editor at The New Yorker, the publisher of The New York Observer, and a professor at Brooklyn College.
In All the Ways, Stirling explores issues like the violence that transgender people are often subjected to in the United States, and how lesbians can be allies in helping to fight for a more inclusive society.7.
The New Moon, by Emma B. Hirsch (Simon + Schuster/Bantam)Hirsch’s debut novel about a lesbian girl who wants to be a teacher was nominated in the 2017 Nebula Awards for best short story.
In it, she focuses on a girl named Mabel, who is learning to navigate her identity as a lesbian through her mother’s past.
Mabel struggles to find a way to teach, and discovers a hidden power she can use to teach herself.8.
Invisible Girl, by Elizabeth Bear (Penguin Press)Bear’s debut, Invisible Girl, is about the struggles of a transgender woman in the aftermath of the death of her mother, which has a profound impact on her.
Bear is a journalist, and has covered the lives of transgender people for The Guardian, the New Yorker and The New Republic.9.
When My Baby Calls, by Kate Elliott (Viking)Elliott is an award winning author and journalist who has been called “the voice of the voiceless.”
Her new book, When My Little Baby