I enjoyed this queer pulp novel an awful lot. It was such a wonderful mixture of realism and fantasy. The main character Paula was living poor in New York with an alcholic father and a soon-to-be-proposing boyfriend. At 18 she was working a dead end job as a secretary and looking forward to being married. But then she met her fiance's aunt and all that changed. Paula's relationship with Byrne definitely bored on the fantasy part of the story. She met a lesbian instantly fell in love and changed her whole world. It was like there was a story of this ordinary girl trapped in this world of poverty and alcholism who practically invented this perfect rich lesbian who'd be able to take her away from it all. The mixture of the reality and the fantasy was odd but made for interesting reading.
Part two where you learned of Bryne and Greta's relationship felt much more realistic. Here were two girls who fell in love and started having sex. Not realising there was anything wrong Greta told her mother how WONDERFUL it all was and her mother freaked out. The resulting breakdown Greta suffered was realistic and terribly sad. One thing that bothered me about the book was how Greta was then portrayed as a horrible monster. She was violent, an alcoholic and had sever mental health issues but you couldn't help feel sympathy for her anyway. It also raised the question of responsibility and happiness in relationships and how much you should sacrifice yourself and feel responsible for another's behaviour.
While the book was flawed it was still very enjoyable and I will definitely track down more books by this author....Continua