Connecticut, 1816. Patience White meets the scandalous Sarah Dowling and is instantly drawn to her. Despite the strictures of their families and the values of their community they are unable to curb their growing attraction for each other. Finally disowned and outcast, they move to rural New York State where they must carve out a life and a relationship for themselves...This tender but spirited novel is the tale of their seduction and a fascinating glimpse of American society in the 1800s.
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Nearly thirty years ago, when Patience and Sarah first came into the world, it was a very rare book, indeed -- the story of the love between two women, not only issued by a mainstream publisher but with a happy ending, yet! Isabel Miller based her novel on what little is known of the folk painter Mary Ann Willson and her companion, Miss Brundidge, who lived and farmed together for many years in New York State's Greene County in the early part of the nineteenth century. It's a tender tale that unfolds gently as the two women recognize and marvel at the love that has unfolded in their lives. Times have changed, and similar stories are routinely published today by houses large and small. But every once in a while, I come across my original, very battered, copy of the very first Fawcett Crest edition on my shelf. And, incurable romantic that I am, I remember what it was like to read Patience and Sarah for the first time -- and to dream. I'm pleased to know that this lovely tale is still in print, all these years later, for an entirely new generation of young lesbians to discover.From the Inside Flap:
In the early nineteenth century, in a puritanical New England town, two women fall in love. With no one to guide or support them, Patience and Sarah try to follow their hearts. Defying society and history, they buy a farm and discover they can live together, away from the world that had sought to limit them and their love . . .
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Book Description McGraw-Hill. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0070420351 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.1028656
Book Description McGraw-Hill, 1972. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110070420351