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Book Title: Grassy Flats|
The author of the book: Penny Hayes
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 5.93 MB
Edition: Naiad Press
Date of issue: May 1st 1992
ISBN 13: 9781562800109
Read full description of the books Grassy Flats:Well now, that was actually pretty good! I know, I have to stop saying that. But I've learnt that Bella/Naiad are pretty hit-and-miss... they seem to just publish anything and everything that's gay and not all of it is to my tastes. But this one more or less was, yay! Well, enough - it's probably more a three and a half star book than a solid four but I'll be nice and bump it up.
Basically, Aggie and Nell run a potato farm in Idaho in the 1930s, where everyone is still suffering heavily from the Depression. Grassy Flats is the name of the small town they're near, and their part of the story more or less opens to them being inexplicably shunned by the townsfolk. Turns out one of the men saw them *gasp* kissing and word spreads fast in a small town... suddenly the women are being attacked from all angles: banned from the diner, no longer given credit anywhere, forced to pay in cash when no one *has* any cash, told to pay off their mortgage all in one go, refused help from mechanics and loans of farm equipment.. yeah. You name it!
The other couple that the story starts off about are Clara and Hank, who have recently fled Chicago after Hank was arrested for stealing some food. Then he goes and robs a store in Oregon, and then decides to steal a chicken from Aggie and Nell's farm. They're having none of that and turn the guns on him, and eventually corner him into working for them in exchange for them not turning him into the cops.
Hank's a douche. He seems to get nicer actually, and quite protective of the ladies, but then he just goes and runs out, leaving them to finish off the harvest. Also, Clara is pregnant. See, douche! But Clara receives better comfort from Tessie anyway, who ends up leaving her husband (the jerk who owns the diner) to be with Clara. Which was kind of all a bit much? I mean I could see the attraction on Tessie's side, she always had a thing for Nell, for girls growing up, for anyone NOT her oaf of a husband. But for Clara it, I dunno, seemed to come out of nowhere. It was all just too convenient.
This is a real man-hatin' book, by the way. ALL the men in town are jerks, bar none. And they're all disgustingly possessive of their wives, who are ALL expected to be nothing but good little housewives and nothing more. Not a single one steps outside that box!
The most awesome part is when all the womenfolk decide to come help Aggie and Nell finish their harvest. And more come each day until eventually the entire female half of the town must be there, and they get all the potatoes dug up and sorted and brought to town in time for the train. All the women were sick of their husbands telling them what to do, and they respected Aggie and Nell for doing everything without men, and thought it was shitty the way the men were treating them. Like, this one guy went and put up a barbed wire fence so they couldn't easily get to the PUBLIC water supply! So the town women were all, that's going TOO far, let's help these ladies and say up yours to the blokes. Although all the women were still of the mind that the guy who'd seen the ladies kissing had just been a drunk out being a jerk, that they hadn't really done that, because ew that's gross. That made me a little sad. They didn't decide, well whatever, they can live how they want to live, they just decided the horrible story must have been a lie and the men were just sore because they didn't need men to do the work.
Okay, this review is longer than the book itself by now. The ending though, that was a bit of a downer. They get all the potatoes sold, but turns out everyone else in the country had a bumper crop that year too, so prices are waaaay down. So they barely break even and of all the things they sold/pawned, only manage to get their truck back. There's no sunshine and roses happily-ever-after. Next year may well be just as bleak.
Still, it was a good, quick read. And there wasn't *too* much sex, although I still could have done with less... :/
Read information about the authorPenny Hayes grew up on a farm near Binghamton, NY. She later went to school in Utica and Buffalo, graduating with degrees in art and special education. She has made her living teaching most of her adult life in both West Virginia and New York State. She currently lives with her partner in Ithaca, NY.
From the publisher's website: Penny Hayes is credited for single-handedly creating the genre of the lesbian western, starting with her 1986 novel The Long Trail. She is the author of The Long Trail, Grassy Flats, Yellowthroat, Omaha's Bell, Kathleen O'Donald: A Novel, City Light, Country Candles, The Tomstown Incident and Now and Then. She is currently at work on Gloves. Bella Books is proud to re-release the early work of this pioneering author!
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