Author(s): Valerie Taylor
Joyce is 18, a freshman at a fashionable school for girls; suddenly all that matters to her is a woman twice her age. This beautifully written pulp novel was published as a mass market paperback in 1957 and is widely considered a historic milestone for its openly lesbian, feminist content, which shocked many readers at the time. It has been described as an 'anti-romance novel' for its grounding in the reality of lesbian experience.
Valerie Taylor (born Velma Young) was a novelist, poet, feminist and social activist. WHISPER THEIR LOVE (Fawcett Library) was her first lesbian novel; she followed it with numerous lesbian pulp fiction classics in the late 1950s and 1960s, including The Girls in 3-B, Stranger on Lesbos, A World Without Men, and Return to Lesbos. A member of the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame, she died in 1997 in Tucson, Arizona, where she had lived for 20 years.