A Fragile Union by Joan Nestle
New and Selected Writings

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A FRAGILE UNION is Joan Nestle's collection of intimate essays and narratives about lesbian sexuality, butch-femme relationships, sex writing, the importance of preserving gay and lesbian history, the love that is possible between lesbians and gay men, and the "often-shaky camaraderie among lesbians that as community continues to flex its diversity."

Readers of A REDISTRICTED COUNTRY and other Nestle writings are familiar with the Nestles themes of unity and difference. In A Fragile Union, Nestle delves still deeper. Living with cancer, Nestle now explores other "fragile unions": the fragility of her sexual desire in the face of her illness, the fragility of memory in the face of enormous loss, and always in the face of fear, her hope, her love for her people - women, lesbians and gays, working class, Jews, and all who struggle against injustice.


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Joan Nestle is the author of A Fragile Union: New and Selected Writings. She is cofounder of the Lesbian Herstory Archives in New York City, where she lives.
Published October 19, 1998 by Cleis Press. 230 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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In her introduction, Nestle (co-editor, Sister and Brother, 1994) describes herself as a “fifty-eight-year-old white Jewish fem lesbian woman with cancer living in New York City in the United States of America at the end of the twentieth century.” This collection comprises reflections on those pa...

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