As the folks at Zola Books rightly point out, ‘tis the season for feasting and family dysfunction and there are an abundance of excellent books on the many ways a family can be unhappy. This got me thinking about the uniquely lesbian version of this: dyke drama. And so, herewith, my top 3 books on the kind of doomed, tragic, drama-filled relationships that are infinitely better to read about than live through:
#3 The Last Nude by Ellis Avery
What is it they say about never getting involved with actors? Well, Rafaela Fano gets a quick, brutal lesson on the dangers of artists.
#2 Aimee & Jaguar by Erica Fischer
A German housewife married to a Nazi officer meets a Jew living underground in Berlin during WWII. This was never going to end well even if Lilly “Aimee” Wust wasn’t a study in delusion and dysfunction.
#1 Nightwood by Djuna Barnes
Love it or hate it, if you’ve ever sat on the sidelines, forgotten, watching a lover go from “table to table, from drink to drink, from person to person” you’ll feel for Nora Flood.