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Molly Bolt is a young lady with a big character. Beautiful, funny and bright, Molly figures out at a young age that she will have to be tough to stay true to herself in 1950s America. In her dealings with boyfriends and girlfriends, in the rocky relationship with her mother and in her determination to pursue her career, she will fight for her right to happiness. Charming, proud and inspiring, Molly is the girl who refuses to be put in a box.

©1988 Rita Mae Brown (P)2021 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic Reviews

"The breakthrough lesbian novel." (Washington Post)

"A bawdy tale about growing up lesbian." (Atlanta Journal Constitution)

"I found myself laughing hysterically, then sobbing uncontrollably just moments later. A powerful story.... A truly incredible book." (The Boston Globe)

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  • 04-10-22

Absolutely brilliant coming of age tale

This is a brilliantly written and performed story of one girl’s coming of age in a poor, rural, American family. The main character, Molly is determined and uncompromising, always following her own path, no matter how other people might disapprove. The book is moving at times, sexy, sweary and often funny. Molly can see the ridiculous things that people often do, and their hypocrisy, with breathtaking clarity.

I was entranced from the start and have recommended it to several friends. I expect I’ll listen to it again, as I wanted to stay with magnificent Molly for much longer.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-26-22

Incredible

This is so well read and such a ground breaking, seminal LGBTQ+ text. I was uncomfortable with some of the language with regards to race but it’s doesn’t come from the main character, it comes from a side character who isn’t all that full of love.
A definite listen.

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  • CluelessKatie
  • 01-09-22

A Classic

One of my fave LGBTQIA+ novels. Molly Bolt is such an amazing character. Really enjoyed the narration too. Would recommend.
One small grievance : the introduction counts as Chapter 1 so the real Chapter 1 comes up as Chapter 2 and so forth. This annoyed me a little.