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  1. says:

    It's not that this is a brilliant great book It's not It isn't that the writing is brilliant or astonishing It isn't It isn't that the book is real and kind and loving a rarity in any day and it's all of the aboveIt's rather that this book told a fictional history of two gay women long before it was fashionable to do so and instead of following the path most books of that ilk trod eg at least one if not both has to die by the end no one can be happy it can't be anything but unnatural the book walks us through the stages of a relationship between two women with grace and humor and no one dies in the end This was the first gay book I read cover to cover because it actually had a plot The characters felt full formed The setting upstate New York was close to my heart It's a sweet tale sweetly told


  2. says:

    Patience and Sarah has the distinction of being the only lesbian book I read in my early 20s that felt positive throughout Back then I spent a couple of years scouring the libraries and book stores for lesbian fiction and only found depressing reads or ones that had me thinking wtf? because they were so weird Thank goodness things have changed since then I can only imagine what a buoy this was when it was published in the 1960s since it was such a relief to me in the 1990sThis time around I listened to the audiobook version and it was a nice refresherThe book is about two women in the early 1800s that are still single and in their 20s 22 and 29 when they meet Sarah has been groomed as a boy in a family full of daughters so she can help her father on the farm and Patience is a spinster sister living in her own lodging under her brother's eye Both are outside the norm of societyThe tale is really about them finding each other exploring their feelings and what occurs when their families find out They make decisions that deeply impact the other for better and worse but as readers we're not put in agony and get a sweet love story out of it allSarah isn't exactly butch but she's definitely tomboy She can go between the two genders due to Patience's guidance and depending on what is needed of her Sarah growing up on a farm is very rough around the edges and is a rather raw person with strong emotions no education and an initially naive view of the world Patience is all lady She's educated refined and the mature of the two She acts as the rudder in the relationshipThey each have their strengths grow as individuals and do complement each other wellThe author does a great job of taking us back to the 1800s in description and in peoples daily lives and attitudes Though the book is positive it doesn't put rose colored glasses on the situation and it feels realistic to the time The book is actually based on a real lesbian couple so that adds extra authenticityJean Smart and Janis Ian narrate the book trading off when the perspective changes Jean Smart is Patience and Janis Ian is Sarah The first part of the book Jean Smart starts it off and I thought her narration was a little rough for whatever reason Janis Ian's is fluid But when Jean Smart comes back her delivery at that point is executed really wellOverall a pleasant read and a nice story to listen to


  3. says:

    I didn't know this was self published until I'd finished it and it made me love the book all the I came upon it when looking at books that supposedly influenced Sarah Waters and I bought it out of curiosityThis is by far the best lesbian novel that I have ever read and it ties with Night Watch by Sarah Waters as my favorite I find that most of the LBGT novels I pick up are very coy about actual sex or tremendously over written but this book is lovely because it has the starkness of prose that I love as well as an innocence of language that doesn't hide anything but which perfectly suits the charactersThat's an unbearably hipsterish way of saying that the language is straightforward and the emotions are clearMy favorite character was Sarah as I found Patience a little conniving and catlike sometimes But their love story was beautifully written no longer than it needed to be and stylishly put together I will never let this book leave my shelves


  4. says:

    Oh Oh I didn't expect this to be so perfect It's the lesbian story I've been longing for where The Well of Loneliness was too chaste and too painful and The Price of Salt too prickly and too sad Patience and Sarah heals and delights I am not trying to dismiss those other lesbian classics when I mention them but to say that Patience and Sarah is altogether a warmer happier optimistic book than any either of them Set in the 1810s in puritan New England the characters certainly face hardships oppression and loss but they also find solace in one another and in building a life for themselves Told in alternating first person POV both characters Patience and Sarah have a uniue and arresting voice and thought they are well matched they are very different people From the first Miller absolutely captured me and I was desperately rooting for their love They are so kind to one another and so determined to be good to one another Miller has a wonderful ear for dialogue both internal and external and creates fantastically believable conversations uarrels and jokes between Patience and Sarah She is also a very sensual writer and her writing about erotic love is both moving and delightful This book reminds me of the important of love of the determination of lesbian women everywhere and how proud I am of the relationships we have had with one another despite the adversity we face I did not read this book though I knew of it for a long time because I was a story about lesbians set in 1810 would depress me How wrong I was This book is a solace and an affirmation and I recommend it without uestion


  5. says:

    this is a weird one it's very charming in parts very readable it's absolutely fascinating as a touchstone of 20th century lesbian literature but it's difficult to look past the reality that the goal of the women throughout is to start a farm in cheap newly opened up land ie on the frontiers of colonialism the original title of the novel was a place for us and that's its central preoccupation; finding a place patience and sarah can live and love as they choose I'm fascinated by this insight into the genealogy of the fantasy of the rural lesbian utopia the USA in particular has as its foundational myth the idea that there is a vast open land not owned by anyone where people are free to create an intentional community protected by isolation from persecution by those who don't understand their value system and lifestyle I'm talking about the Puritans but other small communities have also internalised this dream lesbians and ueer women especially I think dream of going back to the land to this day but of course there is no untouched wilderness no fresh ground; if there appears to be people lived there and they were displaced the central characters of this novel are all white while it touches briefly on the existence of slavery native americans are entirely absent from the story it's an absence that speaks as a white ueer settler who prefers city life it's incumbent on me not to project all of the sins of colonisation onto rural life it's all stolen land having said that I think the fantasy of untouched land of freedom to build your own life of treating rural land in a colony as if it's as untouched by other people as mars this specifically should be challenged let's look at the historical reality behind this story the novel is based on the life of mary ann wilson and miss brundage who lived on a farm in early 19th century greene county new york state mahican land as in the novel they had moved there from deeply religious Connecticut at the time native americans in new york state were being forced off their land by the state and by aggressive settler real estate interests source most not all but most native americans still living in the area were forcibly relocated to wisconsin in the 1830s in other words the place for us was not only stolen land but very recently stolen land still being actively fought over my heart aches of course for real life 19th century lesbians escaping Puritan families it also aches for the author a longtime gay activist who sacrified a lot for the freedoms I have today biographical notes her yearning for some kind of respite seeps through every page but I have to ask what was the purpose of writing this particular story in 1969? what was its function? and are we still so ruled by fear that the best thing we can dream for ourselves is to get a girlfriend and whisk her away to a place of total isolation built on genocide?


  6. says:

    A sweet love story that takes place in the early 19th century There is Patience who in her late 20s a spinster by choice and a well educated painter was left an inheritance such that she didn't need to get married And there was Sarah from a poor farm family uneducated and raised as if she was a boy in an all daughter household to help her Pa on the farm They fall in love and strive to live together despite not knowing any women like themselves and the distain of the puritanical society of that timeI read the audio version with Jean Smart as Patience and Janis Ian as Sarah They were nominated for a Grammy in 2016 It was well deserved I can't be sure but I don't think I would have enjoyed this book as much if I read it rather than listened to it The book sections alternates POVs of Patience Sarah Both were excellent but Ian as Sarah really stood out to me Ian portrays Sarah though uneducated and unsophisticated as having dignity courage loyalty and intelligence She could have easily gone too far with a country bumpkin type portrayal Highly recommend the Smart Ian audio version I bought the Kindleaudible combo which was cheaper than Audible alone


  7. says:

    This is a great “American” novel; a love story an odyssey and a chronicle of two remarkable lives In this short novel Miller paints a large portrait on a relatively small canvas and with Patience and Sarah she has created two indelible characters There is a perfection of expression mixed with an elouent economical prose style Here is the heroic depiction of a love that refuses to remain unreuited or diminished by the provincial standards of a morally pious society Set in Connecticut circa 1816 we are introduced to Patience a spinster by choice in her late twenties; she is a woman of means By contrast Sarah 22 is a farmer’s daughter uneducated and raised as a boy to assist with the arduous tasks of farm life One day Sarah delivers a load of firewood to the property Patience shares with her brother Edward and his wife Martha Call it kismet but from the moment the two women clap eyes on one another their destinies are married Miller adroitly articulates the myriad of feelings experienced by our heroines as they traverse love's often rocky landscape Besides the titular characters Miller has thoroughly fleshed out the conflicted Edward bitter Martha and Sarah’s brutally moral father Best of all is Parson Peel a defrocked clergyman now writer and bookseller who travels the back roads in a gypsy caravan and picks up the vagabond Sarah Peel mentors her teaches her to read and provides a warm bed all the while believing her to be a young man named “Sam” Originally self published in 1969 with the title “A Place for Us” and subseuently issued in 1971 by a main stream publisher “Patience and Sarah” holds the distinction of being the first recipient of the American Library Association’s Stonewall Book Award


  8. says:

    This is one of the sweetest books I have ever had the pleasure of reading I haven't read too much lgbt fiction not until this actually but this is for sure a gem I am so charmed by their love so warmed by Sarah's spirit and Patience's wit I am so overjoyed that two centuries ago two women fell in love in rural nineteenth century Connecticut and built a life together against all the odds What a blessing this book was


  9. says:

    This was just wonderful When I was about 10 I developed a serious infatuation with Laura Ingells Wilder I started watching Little House and then discovered she was a real woman who wrote real novels I remember buying the full set from a school reading club and devouring them I remember being really sad at the end when I saw a picture of her and her husband and realised that the woman I'd fallen in love with was not beautiful like Melissa Gilbert I wish that then I'd been able to find this book and read it It was exactly what I wanted to be reading thenThis is a story of two women in the very early 19th century who fall in love and want to make their home together It's told beautifully The trials they face are due to sexism than homophobia but they fight for what they want regardless The story is told by both characters in the first person switching back and forth They both have very different voices and perspectives and it makes it interesting One thing that I liked about the book was that it wasn't a fairy tale romance but they lied to each other and felt guilty and angry and made mistakes because they didn't know what the other one wanted or were too insecure to believe things would work I also loved how not everyone was against them but they met people in their journeys who were sympathetic to them and who helped them To me that made it much believable Even the minor characters stood out as real people with their own motivations and tragedy In the end it is a very sweet and powerful story It's one I wish all young ueer girls could read I borrowed a copy of this from the library but as soon as I finished it I bought my own copy as I just adored it


  10. says:

    Thank you Annie on My Mind for helping me finding this book You can get a light vibe from this It was really optimistic Like they get to live together even though they were in 19th century and the outcome make people at that time believed that they would be okay in the end Because love wins


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Orical romance whose drama was a touchstone for the burgeoning gay and 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 todayFeatures an appendix of supplementary materials about Patience Sarah and the author as well as an introduction by acclaimed novelist Emma Donogh This is a great “American” novel; a love story an odyssey and a chronicle of two remarkable lives In this short novel Miller paints a large portrait on a relatively small canvas and with Patience and Sarah she has created two indelible characters There is a perfection of expression mixed with an elouent economical prose style Here is the heroic depiction of a love that refuses to remain unreuited or diminished by the provincial standards of a morally pious society Set in Connecticut circa 1816 we are introduced to Patience a spinster by choice in her late twenties; she is a woman of means By contrast Sarah 22 is a farmer’s daughter uneducated and raised as a boy to assist with the arduous tasks of farm life One day Sarah delivers a load of firewood to the property Patience shares with her brother Edward and his wife Martha Call it kismet but from the moment the two women clap eyes on one another their destinies are married Miller adroitly articulates the myriad of feelings experienced by our heroines as they traverse love's often rocky landscape Besides the titular characters Miller has thoroughly fleshed out the conflicted Edward bitter Martha and Sarah’s brutally moral father Best of all is Parson Peel a defrocked clergyman now writer and bookseller who travels the back roads in a gypsy caravan and picks up the vagabond Sarah Peel mentors her teaches her to read and provides a warm bed all the while believing her to be a young man named “Sam” Originally self published in 1969 with the title “A Place for Us” and subseuently issued in 1971 by a main stream publisher “Patience and Sarah” holds the distinction of being the first recipient of the American Library Association’s Stonewall Book Award Hasidism: A New History celebrates the joys of an uninhibited love between two strong women with a The Hanging Tree (English Edition) confident defiance that remains relevant todayFeatures an appendix of supplementary materials about Patience Sarah and the author as well as an introduction by acclaimed novelist Emma Donogh This is a great “American” novel; a love story an odyssey and a W cieniu prawa / Czarna Madonna / Świt, który nie nadejdzie chronicle of two remarkable lives In this short novel Miller paints a large portrait on a relatively small Ajax the Warrior canvas and with Patience and Sarah she has Becoming Victoria created two indelible The Picture of Dorian Gray characters There is a perfection of expression mixed with an elouent economical prose style Here is the heroic depiction of a love that refuses to remain unreuited or diminished by the provincial standards of a morally pious society Set in Connecticut Karatay Diyetiyle Beslenme Tuzaklarından Kurtuluş Rehberi circa 1816 we are introduced to Patience a spinster by Afterlife choice in her late twenties; she is a woman of means By Estructura Economica Mundial (Spanish Edition) contrast Sarah 22 is a farmer’s daughter uneducated and raised as a boy to assist with the arduous tasks of farm life One day Sarah delivers a load of firewood to the property Patience shares with her brother Edward and his wife Martha Call it kismet but from the moment the two women ほんと野獣 7 [Honto Yajuu 7] clap eyes on one another their destinies are married Miller adroitly articulates the myriad of feelings experienced by our heroines as they traverse love's often rocky landscape Besides the titular Chopin: Mazurkas for the Piano, Complete, Alfred Masterwork Edition, Practical Performing Edition characters Miller has thoroughly fleshed out the Scalped, Vol. 6: The Gnawing conflicted Edward bitter Martha and Sarah’s brutally moral father Best of all is Parson Peel a defrocked Abuse of Power - Revenge of the Karinovs clergyman now writer and bookseller who travels the back roads in a gypsy CLANS AND CHIEFS - Celtic Tribalism in Scotland caravan and picks up the vagabond Sarah Peel mentors her teaches her to read and provides a warm bed all the while believing her to be a young man named “Sam” Originally self published in 1969 with the title “A Place for Us” and subseuently issued in 1971 by a main stream publisher “Patience and Sarah” holds the distinction of being the first recipient of the American Library Association’s Stonewall Book Award

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Set in the nineteenth 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 anotherFi Patience and Sarah has the distinction of being the only lesbian book I read in my early 20s that felt positive throughout Back then I spent a couple of years scouring the libraries and book stores for lesbian fiction and only found depressing reads or ones that had me thinking wtf because they were so weird Thank goodness things have changed since then I can only imagine what a buoy this was when it was published in the 1960s since it was such a relief to me in the 1990sThis time around I listened to the audiobook version and it was a nice refresherThe book is about two women in the early 1800s that are still single and in their 20s 22 and 29 when they meet Sarah has been groomed as a boy in a family full of daughters so she can help her father on the farm and Patience is a spinster sister living in her own lodging under her brother's eye Both are outside the norm of societyThe tale is really about them finding each other exploring their feelings and what occurs when their families find out They make decisions that deeply impact the other for better and worse but as readers we're not put in agony and get a sweet love story out of it allSarah isn't exactly butch but she's definitely tomboy She can go between the two genders due to Patience's guidance and depending on what is needed of her Sarah growing up on a farm is very rough around the edges and is a rather raw person with strong emotions no education and an initially naive view of the world Patience is all lady She's educated refined and the mature of the two She acts as the rudder in the relationshipThey each have their strengths grow as individuals and do complement each other wellThe author does a great job of taking us back to the 1800s in description and in peoples daily lives and attitudes Though the book is positive it doesn't put rose colored glasses on the situation and it feels realistic to the time The book is actually based on a real lesbian couple so that adds extra authenticityJean Smart and Janis Ian narrate the book trading off when the perspective changes Jean Smart is Patience and Janis Ian is Sarah The first part of the book Jean Smart starts it off and I thought her narration was a little rough for whatever reason Janis Ian's is fluid But when Jean Smart comes back her delivery at that point is executed really wellOverall a pleasant read and a nice story to listen to Pulse century Isabel Miller's Hasidism: A New History 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 The Hanging Tree (English Edition) community in which they live Ultimately they are forced to make life W cieniu prawa / Czarna Madonna / Świt, który nie nadejdzie changing decisions that depend on their Ajax the Warrior courage and their Becoming Victoria commitment to one anotherFi Patience and Sarah has the distinction of being the only lesbian book I read in my early 20s that felt positive throughout Back then I spent a The Picture of Dorian Gray couple of years scouring the libraries and book stores for lesbian fiction and only found depressing reads or ones that had me thinking wtf because they were so weird Thank goodness things have Karatay Diyetiyle Beslenme Tuzaklarından Kurtuluş Rehberi changed since then I Afterlife can only imagine what a buoy this was when it was published in the 1960s since it was such a relief to me in the 1990sThis time around I listened to the audiobook version and it was a nice refresherThe book is about two women in the early 1800s that are still single and in their 20s 22 and 29 when they meet Sarah has been groomed as a boy in a family full of daughters so she Estructura Economica Mundial (Spanish Edition) can help her father on the farm and Patience is a spinster sister living in her own lodging under her brother's eye Both are outside the norm of societyThe tale is really about them finding each other exploring their feelings and what occurs when their families find out They make decisions that deeply impact the other for better and worse but as readers we're not put in agony and get a sweet love story out of it allSarah isn't exactly butch but she's definitely tomboy She ほんと野獣 7 [Honto Yajuu 7] can go between the two genders due to Patience's guidance and depending on what is needed of her Sarah growing up on a farm is very rough around the edges and is a rather raw person with strong emotions no education and an initially naive view of the world Patience is all lady She's educated refined and the mature of the two She acts as the rudder in the relationshipThey each have their strengths grow as individuals and do Chopin: Mazurkas for the Piano, Complete, Alfred Masterwork Edition, Practical Performing Edition complement each other wellThe author does a great job of taking us back to the 1800s in description and in peoples daily lives and attitudes Though the book is positive it doesn't put rose Scalped, Vol. 6: The Gnawing colored glasses on the situation and it feels realistic to the time The book is actually based on a real lesbian Abuse of Power - Revenge of the Karinovs couple so that adds extra authenticityJean Smart and Janis Ian narrate the book trading off when the perspective CLANS AND CHIEFS - Celtic Tribalism in Scotland changes Jean Smart is Patience and Janis Ian is Sarah The first part of the book Jean Smart starts it off and I thought her narration was a little rough for whatever reason Janis Ian's is fluid But when Jean Smart Strapdown Inertial Navigation Technology, 2nd Edition (IEE Radar, Sonar, Navigation and Avionics Series) comes back her delivery at that point is executed really wellOverall a pleasant read and a nice story to listen to

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Rst self published in 1969 titled A Place for Us in an edition of 1000 copies 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 McGraw Hill's version of the book a year later brought it to mainstream bookstores across the country Patience Sarah is a hist Oh Oh I didn't expect this to be so perfect It's the lesbian story I've been longing for where The Well of Loneliness was too chaste and too painful and The Price of Salt too prickly and too sad Patience and Sarah heals and delights I am not trying to dismiss those other lesbian classics when I mention them but to say that Patience and Sarah is altogether a warmer happier optimistic book than any either of them Set in the 1810s in puritan New England the characters certainly face hardships oppression and loss but they also find solace in one another and in building a life for themselves Told in alternating first person POV both characters Patience and Sarah have a uniue and arresting voice and thought they are well matched they are very different people From the first Miller absolutely captured me and I was desperately rooting for their love They are so kind to one another and so determined to be good to one another Miller has a wonderful ear for dialogue both internal and external and creates fantastically believable conversations uarrels and jokes between Patience and Sarah She is also a very sensual writer and her writing about erotic love is both moving and delightful This book reminds me of the important of love of the determination of lesbian women everywhere and how proud I am of the relationships we have had with one another despite the adversity we face I did not read this book though I knew of it for a long time because I was a story about lesbians set in 1810 would depress me How wrong I was This book is a solace and an affirmation and I recommend it without uestion