The Girls in 3-B (Paperback)
Annice, Pat, and Barby are best friends from Iowa, freshly arrived in booming 1950s Chicago to explore different paths toward independence, self-expression, and sexual freedom. From the hip-hang of a bohemian lifestyle to the sophisticated lure of romance with a handsome, wealthy, married boss to the happier security of a lesbian relationship, these three experience firsthand the dangers and limitations of women's economic reliance on men. Lesbian pulp author Valerie Taylor skillfully paints a sociological portrait of the emotional and economic pitfalls of heterosexuality in 1950s Americaand then offers a defiantly subversive alternative. A classic pulp tale showcasing predatory beatnik men, drug hallucinations, and secret lesbian trysts, "The Girls in 3-B" approaches the theme of sex from the stiffened vantage point of 1950s psychology.
Femmes Fatales restores to print the best of women's writing in the classic pulp genres of the mid-20th century. From mystery to hard-boiled noir to taboo lesbian romance, these rediscovered queens of pulp offer subversive perspectives on a turbulent era. Enjoy the series: "Bedelia"; "Bunny Lake Is Missing"; "By Cecile"; "The G-String Murders"; "The Girls in 3-B"; "Laura"; "The Man Who Loved His Wife"; "Mother Finds a Body"; "Now, Voyager"; "Return to Lesbos"; "Skyscraper"; "Stranger on Lesbos"; "Stella Dallas"; "Women's Barracks."
About the Author
Valerie Taylor was a novelist, poet, feminist, and social activist. She wrote many lesbian pulp fiction classics in the late '50s and '60s, including The Girls in 3-B and Stranger on Lesbos. A member of the Chicago Gay & Lesbian Hall of Fame, she died in 1997 in Tuscon, AZ, where she lived for 20 years.
Tania Modleski is Florence R. Scott Professor of English at the University of Southern California. She is the author of "Loving with a Vengeance, The Women Who Knew Too Much", and "Feminism Without Women".