Category Archives: Jane Rule

“how to live with the baggage of life”: A Review of Jane Rule’s Memoir TAKING MY LIFE

I want to start off this review with a confession: Taking My Life, legendary Canadian lesbian writer Jane Rule’s memoir, was given to me as a review copy for this blog not long after I first began it in 2012. … Continue reading

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Canadian Queer Women’s Classics: A Top Ten Must-Read List

So, I recently did a bit of googling (asking Lord Google, as my friend would say) to find out what is usually included on lists of must-read “lesbian” books, or lists of “lesbian” classics.  I’m putting lesbian in scare quotes … Continue reading

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The Top Ten Best First Lines of Fiction (Oh Yeah, All by Women Writers)

Not only can (and should) you judge a book by its cover, but the first line is always a pretty good indicator of whether you’re going to like a book or not.  The best kinds of first sentences can epitomize tone, … Continue reading

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The Beginning of Contemporary Lesbian Literature: A Review of Jane Rule’s Desert of the Heart

It’s easy to forget when you’re reading Desert of the Heart, by American-turned-Canadian author Jane Rule, that it was actually published in 1964.  But it is essential to remember, because it’s astonishing, really, that this kind of lesbian novel was … Continue reading

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A Glimpse into a Different Kind of Queerness: A Review of Jane Rule’s Novel Memory Board

Jane Rule’s 1987 Memory Board was recommended to me as the novel I should start with when approaching this Canadian lesbian writing legend who passed away in 2007.  I followed the advice of the professors who gave me a quick … Continue reading

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