Lesbian Debut Fiction

'Vera’s Will' by Shelley Ettinger

“Don’t go. Let me show you what it looks like when surrender, and an instinct not to, live side by side.” —Carl Philips Shelley Ettinger has written a masterful novel. There are few in this world who can sustain the long, multi-generational, multi-perspective, multi-country narrative form, and she is one of them. Vera’s Will follows… read more

Jasmine Beach-Ferrara: Love Be Damned

“In writing these stories, the idea of living on a fault line became a way of looking at all kinds of human choices, especially in crisis, a time when character can be revealed in new ways. “

Author Jasmine Beach-Ferrara was kind enough to answer a few questions about her new book, Damn Love, her writing process, and creating intimacy among characters separated by more than mere geography.
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Ali Liebegott: Highways and Byways

“Where will queers and artists live in this day and age? I felt driven to try and capture a bit of these places before they were gentrified and unaffordable.”

Ali Liebegott talked with the Lambda Literary Review about her new novel, Cha-Ching!, her work with Sister Spit, and some exciting forthcoming projects…. read more

'The Albino Album' by Chavisa Woods

The Albino Album is, at its core, a novel of the human condition. It’s a political novel. It’s a love story and a coming-of-age story. It’s the story of a girl who rides an albino horse and has no patience for the niceties of cultural conditioning. Suffice to say, it’s multifaceted, in the best possible way…. read more

'The Twelve Tribes of Hattie' by Ayana Mathis

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie does not feel like a debut novel. The quality of the writing, its quiet intensity, the certainty of the narrative voices speaks of a polish and talent that has been practicing for years…. read more

Ayana Mathis: The Power of the Tribe

Last month, Oprah Winfrey selected Ayana Mathis’ debut novel, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, as her second pick for the newly launched Oprah Book Club 2.0. Since then, the book has taken off. Mathis has since been profiled twice in the New York Times, and has spent the last two weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.

Mathis sat down with Lambda Literary to talk about her writing process, how the legacy of Toni Morrison informed her writing, and the many unexpected forms that love can take…. read more

'Art on Fire' by Hilary Sloin

Art on Fire is framed as a biography of Francesca deSilva, a reluctantly revolutionary artist. DeSilva is a character of Sloin’s own making, but under the author’s deft craftsmanship she is an uncannily realized creation…. read more

'First Grass Spring Fire' by Rae Spoon

Last month, I got to see Rae Spoon perform at the first ever Queer Pop—an event that showcased queer artists as part of Pop Montreal—an annual not-for-profit music festival since 2002. I huddled inside Le Cagibi situated on the corner of St. Viateur and Parc Avenue in the packed room, escaping that September day’s crispness. Fluffy Souffle, drag… read more

‘Love, In Theory’ by E.J. Levy

In this collection, love takes on many forms—heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, lesbian—but the infidelity remains constant. Betrayals, of one kind or another are the predominant catalysts for most of the stories, but Levy finds interesting tweaks on the matter. … read more

'My Sister Chaos' by Lara Fergus

The world of My Sister Chaos (Spinifex Press) is disconcerting. Always near the surface of this quiet and speculative methodical tale is the fact that we are in a time of crisis…. read more



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