Another guest lesbrarian post! I love these. Please, please feel free to submit your own! Thank you, Shanna!
“‘And those awful rumors the students are spreading,’ Laura continued in a whisper. ‘Half the student body should be in the care of a psychiatrist, in my opinion.’”
So, at one point in my not-too-distant history, I was actually locked in a garage. That is, someone locked me in the garage. Yes, and it is all the fault of vintage lesbian pulp fiction. I was out there, just hanging out and reading this giant encyclopedia of cheesy, bosom-heaving goodness, when my housemate thought it would be terribly funny to lock me out.
Whatever. I promise that is related to this post. My point is, this stuff was bestselling back then because of it’s awesome, raunchy, over-the-top plots and forbidden love. And you know what? It’s still awesome, and I want to kiss Monica Nolan for bringing it back.
I’ll admit, I was sucked in by the amazingly campy cover of this book, perched enticingly on the new books display at Central Library. This “First Shocking Printing” of Nolan’s third novel didn’t disappoint, either, and once again, I am rewarded for judging books by their covers.
The book is a campy mystery at an elite boarding school for girls. Who killed the companion of the Metamora’s headmistress? Did she jump from the tower in the middle of the night, or was she pushed? Who is the glowing bicyclist that the students report seeing in the forest? Are some of the girls actually able to communicate with the spirit world? And how is it possible that girls from St. Mary’s were able to defeat the Metamora field hockey team?
The book is pure fun: full of sports puns, pulpy girl romance, and a funny cast of characters. I am delighted to see the lesbian pulp fiction genre resurfacing with this light-hearted author, who doesn’t disappoint when she serves up this intrigue-laced romance against the perfect backdrop of the terribly cliched boarding school. What’s not to like?
Nolan, Monica. Bobby Blanchard, Lesbian Gym Teacher. New York: Kensington Books, 2010. 290 pp.
Author’s website: http://www.monicanolan.com
Thanks again, Shanna! You can check out her blog here.