❴Read❵ ➯ A Place for Us Author Isabel Miller – Dolove.info
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. 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 time.I 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 Kindle audible combo which was cheaper than Audible alone. 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 AnotherFirst Self Published In Titled A Place For Us In An Edition Of , 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 McGraw Hill S Version Of The Book A Year Later Brought It To Mainstream Bookstores Across The Country Patience Sarah Is A Historical Romance Whose Drama Was A Touchstone For The Burgeoning Gay And Women S Activism Of The S And Early S 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 Donoghue 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 unique 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, quarrels 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 question. 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 eloquent, economical prose style Here is the heroic depiction of a love that refuses to remain unrequited 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 subsequently 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 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, i.e 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 queer 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 queer 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 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 then.This 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 queer 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. I have to thank Aleksandr Voinov for bringing the beauty of audiobooks into my literary world The first few attempts I made were merely okay, but I certainly wasn t won over by any of them Then the soothing and graceful voice of Matthew Lloyd Davies forced me to quickly change my tune I wasn t bored I wasn t sleepy I wasn t.uncomfortable I was captivated, engaged, and rapt with every word It took on a completely new form of entertainment similar yet so unlike the visual absorption of words on paper Eager to find something else to listen too, I scrolled through the Audible app on my phone and viola, I found my next adventure.And adventure it was Outlandish for me really, this book, or perhaps it was my selection of this book that was so far off the beaten path of my normal book attraction that I didn t recognize myself.Historical I don t do historical Okay okay, I just told you how much I LOVED Skybound, but that doesn t count That story does not fit in any of the standard categories or boxes it s in a league of its own.Lesbian love stories It s not that I don t seek them out because I don t like them it s simply there are so few to choose from The very few I have read either fared little or decent marks but nothing spectacular This fable reaches infinitely higher in terms of great love stories.Patience and Sarah possess stunning and determined love that refuses to be denied In a time when it was not only improper and offensive but unimaginable that two women could be romantically involved, they found it anyways.My head is so full, I m not certain where to begin First it should be noted that I know I would not have enjoyed this story to the same degree if I hadn t listened The dual narrators were fabulous There are five books that complete the story and both Sarah and Patience alternate the telling of the story I preferred one voice slightly than the other, but both did a phenomenal job.Set in 1816 in New England the descriptions are like flipping through a history book Religion is oppressive in this era, but not in the book It is definitely in the background but I never found it a focal point Feminism however, is strong and prominent throughout.Patience is destined to be a spinster sister and aunt A gifted painter, a sharp mind and an heir of wealth and prosperity, she has always set her own course As much as she was permitted that is When her Father passed away he left a very detailed will to allow her to continue with the comforts that he provided her with, without having to take a husband Her brother Edward was to see her to a lifetime of easy living She had a place of her own, connected to her brother s home and assisted with his family when she cared to.One wintry day a load of wood was delivered by an intriguing woman.dressed as a man This is the day the stars change for Patience Maybe she was set on the wrong course all alongI m Pa s boy he couldn t get a boy the regular way Keep getting girls So he picked me out to be boy cuz I was biggest Sarah is twenty one and defies all expected norms of society She wears britches for heaven s sakes Can you imagine wink Patience is mortified with the disregard and rude behavior of her sister in law and invites Sarah into her part of the home Patience has suddenly found everything that she never knew she was missing She has found Sarah, Sarah with her proud chin, strong shoulders and loving hands The feeling is mutual because Sarah decides then and there that she wants Patience and nothing will stop her.Out of all of Sarah s sisters, she is closest to Rachel Rachel is just like her and when Sarah begins her voyage into frontier land, she s taking Rachel with her Sarah breaks the news to Rachel that she can t take her any because Sarah has found her mate Rachel is crushed and without thought tells her Pa Pa refuses to allow Sarah to scorn the family so, and make all her sisters unmarryable so, he forbids it Sarah is relentless in her attempts to reach Patience are suffers greatly Patience is stricken with fear and cannot risk their lives for love She refuses to go with Sarah Sarah can t bear to stay so she goes on alone She has only one choice to survive, which is to become a boy She cuts her hair and becomes Sam.Sam is strong, in body, spirit and will Sam has no light left, for he left it back home Sam encounters a peddler man, a book peddler, and joins him for the summer They have great adventures and he begins to teach Sam to read Something happens can t tell you what.and Sam can no longer stay Sam heads back to Connecticut.Patience missed Sarah than she thought was possible She is desperate for the opportunity to leave now She quickly realized her mistake in surmising to her fears and she wants the life they dreamed of She doesn t want a half life any However, Sarah returns changed Her spirit is dimmed, her reckless desires controlled, and she is prepared to settle Settle for whatever life she must life to have Patience nearby She can no loner be foolish because Patience is now a fool in love One of them must be sensible, right Patience convinces Sarah to find her wild abandon once again and they begin their voyage to New York New York City in the early 1800 s Wow.it truly was a sight to see The odds are very much against them How can they survive in a man s world without a manI began to wonder if what makes man walk so Lord like and speak so masterfully, is having the love of woman If that was it, Sarah and I would make Lords of each other I was anxious and excited.I was delighted and sickened.I was blown away by the power of their love I found many of the descriptions during their love scenes odd But they were all fade to black and easy to dismiss If you must know, there is a happily ever after It involves a journey up a thorny mountain to get there, but the heaven on earth they find is unlike any I ve ever seen.And then.to my utter surprise, it may not be entirely all fiction after alljaw drops This book was the first book awarded and I believe the reason for the Stonewall Book Award In the early seventies it was awarded the honor and I can definitely see why.I believe Sarah did say it bestyou can t tell a gift how to come I challenge you to pull yourself out of your comfortable grooves in the road you re traveling Take a chance Not necessarily on this, but with something unexpected and unlike you.Be courageous and free.and you might find yourself among the clouds too 4.5 take me by surprise take my breath away stars 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 1990s.This time around I listened to the audiobook version and it was a nice refresher.The 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 society.The 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 all.Sarah 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 relationship.They each have their strengths, grow as individuals, and do complement each other well.The 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 authenticity.Jean 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 well.Overall, a pleasant read and a nice story to listen to. 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 curiosity.This 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 characters.That s an unbearably hipsterish way of saying that the language is straightforward, and the emotions are clear.My 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.