by Isabel Miller - £14.99 Arsenal Pulp Press (2006)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781551521916 | ISBN 10: 1551521911
Set in the 19th century, Isabel Miller's classic lesbian novel traces the relationship between Patience White, a painter, and Sarah Dowling, a farmer, whose romantic bond does not sit well with the puritanical New England farming community in which they live. Ultimately they are forced to make life-changing decisions that depend on their courage and their commitment to one another.
First self published in 1969, the author hand-sold the book on New York street corners; it garnered increasing attention to the point of receiving the American Library Association's first Gay Book Award in 1971.
Patience & Sarah is a historical romance whose drama was a touchstone for the burgeoning gay & women's activism of the 1960s and early 1970s. It celebrates the joys of an uninhibited love between two strong women with a confident defiance that remains relevant today.
Part of the Little Sister's Classics series of reprints, this new edition features an appendix of supplementary materials about the novel, as well as an introduction by acclaimed novelist Emma Donoghue.
"A women's love story told with dignity."
(Price & availability last checked: June 2018)