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These Curious Pleasures por Sloane Britain
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These Curious Pleasures (original 1961; edición 1961)

por Sloane Britain

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Sloane works as a secretary to a New York television producer. She lives in the Village and enjoys cruising the bars at night for one-night stands with women she doesn't know. She has a few part-time lovers she sees on a semi-regular basis, but hasn't found the woman who would steal her heart... until she meets Allison, a young actress. Sloane's boss has hired the young woman to star in the pilot for a new television series. Sparks fly immediately between Sloane and Allison, the young actress having had experiences with women as well. Their relationship builds slowly, as Allison doesn't want to become too involved until after the pilot is shot. She is convinced the intensity of the relationship will distract her from her work. Sloane, who realizes she is close to falling head over heels, becomes extremely frustrated and vents that frustration by spending the night with one of her part-time lovers. At the end of filming, Sloane's boss throws a huge party at his mansion in the country to celebrate. They were celebrating the completion of the pilot... and Allison's debut as a star. The party was wild and drunken... and then it got out of hand, pushing both Sloane and Allison to the very edge of darkness. Would their fragile new-found love be torn apart? Or would they fight for that love, and overcome inner demons and the harsh glare of the television industry's lights for the chance at a life together?… (más)
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Título:These Curious Pleasures
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These Curious Pleasures por Sloane Britain (1961)

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It's hard to find Sloane Britain (also known as Sloan Britton and Sloane Brittain in other searches as well as by her real name Elaine Williams) books these days which is a shame because she was not only a snappy writer, she had a knack for writing pulp fiction that wasn't salacious or merely written for kicks.

These Curious Pleasures has an upbeat ending for its time period, but later on Sloane Britain's novels took on a very cynical, unhappy outlook on love.

I was sad to read that the talented writer (who also worked for a publishing house in the mid 20 century) killed herself over her family's inability to accept her being gay. She must have wrestled with a lot of demons and it breaks my heart to think of people (both back then and today) who have no one to reach out to when they face homophobia on a daily basis and don't know what to do with feelings society has often told them are "wrong" or "sick."

As long as we live in a world that still condemns gays and lesbians we will always need books that speak to the loneliness and heartache of struggling to fit in.

These Curious Pleasures is a much more confident read than others from its time, but Elaine Williams herself surely needed some of the strength her alter ego has ("Sloane Brittain" is also the name of the main character in the novel) as a gay woman facing an often hostile reality. ( )
  booksandcats4ever | Jul 30, 2018 |
Written in the first person, the main character in this book is Sloane Britain, an aspiring playwright who is currently working as a secretary. She meets Allison, an actress, and there is an instant attraction between them. But Sloane is (partially) still in love with her ex-girlfriend, Marilyn, and doesn't want anything serious.

This book is really hard to rate. On the one hand, it's pretty dated and rape is used as a plot device more than once. On the other hand, the book is a piece of LGBT history and is notable because it actually has a happy ending.

Recommended for those interested in lesbian pulps. ( )
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Sloane works as a secretary to a New York television producer. She lives in the Village and enjoys cruising the bars at night for one-night stands with women she doesn't know. She has a few part-time lovers she sees on a semi-regular basis, but hasn't found the woman who would steal her heart... until she meets Allison, a young actress. Sloane's boss has hired the young woman to star in the pilot for a new television series. Sparks fly immediately between Sloane and Allison, the young actress having had experiences with women as well. Their relationship builds slowly, as Allison doesn't want to become too involved until after the pilot is shot. She is convinced the intensity of the relationship will distract her from her work. Sloane, who realizes she is close to falling head over heels, becomes extremely frustrated and vents that frustration by spending the night with one of her part-time lovers. At the end of filming, Sloane's boss throws a huge party at his mansion in the country to celebrate. They were celebrating the completion of the pilot... and Allison's debut as a star. The party was wild and drunken... and then it got out of hand, pushing both Sloane and Allison to the very edge of darkness. Would their fragile new-found love be torn apart? Or would they fight for that love, and overcome inner demons and the harsh glare of the television industry's lights for the chance at a life together?

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