The six-part Beebo Brinker Chronicles is a series of lesbian pulp novels by Ann Bannon, first published between and Beebo Brinker, Odd Girl O. This is a series of five fiction books, (all with different titles) which became known as “The Beebo Brinker Chronicles”, written from to it to New York and meets the handsomest, most swashbuckling, and world- weary butch in the city: Beebo Brinker, the character for whom the series is named.
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Great job, “Cat” I really enjoyed the review and it’s a wonderful reminder for us to honor the trailblazing women who’ve gone before us and led the way. Couldn’t agree more with you, Barrett! Cat did a super job on this classic.
Although it can easily be read first, as it’s actually a prequel. Earlier books in the series introduce additional women who cross paths with Beebo later in life, and her future relationships. Luckily, it was a fun read, and still has plenty for modern readers to identify with. Jack’s a generous beevo who puts her up, finds her work, and gradually persuades her to come out.
It takes a bit more obvious hint dropping for beeebo to realize that he’s gay too! And then the story takes on a faster and more erratic pace, as she crosses paths with the scheming and malicious Mona and Pete, falls in bed with gentle, broken Paula, and falls hard for the gorgeous, erratic and selfish film star Venus.
Torn between loyalty and love, she becomes closer to the dysfunctional bombshell bginker becomes a friend to her son, Toby, who is lonely and disillusioned – gradually helping to bring the mother and son together. Venus finds that she actually, really cares about Beebo and spirits her away to California, for a life of doomed passion and secrecy. Because of course, a lesbian sorry – Lesbian affair would be a disaster for a starlet like Beebbo.
Inevitably it all comes crashing down, through impetuousness and gossip initiated by Venus’ frustrated husband aided by the helping hands of the two troublemakers Beebo left back in New York. Beebo is forced to return, but finds her affection for Paula has grown to love, and she walks easily back into her former lover’s arms.
The entire book had a Great Gatsbyish feel. Set brinkwr the s, there was a dated, delusional ‘American Dream’ feeling to everything.
Farm girl Beebo arrives in free, civilized, besbo very gay, Greenwich Village. Rich and famous Venus and Leo live by their own rules, and are ruled even more by Society.
It’s a captivating, worrisome, tragic, lovely book. And yes, it’s pulp fiction, all about colorful characters making friends and enemies of each other, but it isn’t garish. The storyline is a bit erratic, and driven more by the supporting characters than Beebo, but I can easily imagine most of it happening today.
Beebo is a young and stereotypical ‘mannish’ butch – enough to make me wonder if she was intended to be transgender.
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She was fairly unique, especially for books of the time, in that she worked and dressed in order to pass as a man, and mostly succeeded. There were a few wallbangers of prejudice and, well, datedness, but they weren’t too bad, surprisingly. And yes, ‘Lesbian’ was usually capitalized. There are a few more specific examples: The supposedly sympathetic and open-minded Leo veered from saying he wasn’t prejudiced in so many words to decrying how unnatural Beebo appeared to him.
To be slightly fair, he was at the end of his tether and Beebo was just the last in a long string of blatant affairs from his wife. The two bisexual women, Mona and Venus – or at least, the two who slept with men, it was never actually clear if they were bisexual or not, or simply using men manipulatively in accordance with their personalities – were not particularly nice people.
Beebo had to learn the hard lesson of not being accepted all over again, and lived with guilt over how her ‘unnaturalness’ had burdened her father. But mostly, the dated elements don’t interfere with the story – it feels nice and historical, but the gayness brinke not presented as bad, just difficult to understand for outsiders Essentially, it’s Beebo’s coming of age novel.
And I definitely recommend it. I’d give this classic story a 4. It’s light entertainment that took a huge historical step forward for queer rights, has a plot that mostly follows Beebo as she bounces from one woman back to another, and is kept me brinkeg right to the end.
Oh, And a bonus. So, if you’re keeping score, that’s an overall Rainbow Scale Rating of 4. Posted by Salem West at Anonymous December 19, at 3: Salem West December 25, at 7: Newer Post Older Post Home.