Fiction

From sizzling erotica collections such as Book Lovers to the book that inspired an Oscar Nominated film, Diary of a Mad Housewife, Seal Press’s fiction is guaranteed to have you on the edge of your seat.

Dirty Girls

Rachel Kramer Bussel (editor)

$16.00 USD, Trade Paper Original and Ebook
April 2008

What do women really want? To be sensually seduced or pressed up against the wall for a quickie? To be tantalized by a peep show or the chance to join the mile high club? Acclaimed erotica writer and editor Rachel Kramer Bussel knows: They want it all. They want to be worshiped, ordered around, sent blindly into ecstasy, and made hot in front of a mirror. They want strangers bearing ice cubes on a hot day and to be the party favor passed around among guests. They want sex at the office and in the great outdoors and on trains and airplanes. They want sex with the whole United States of America (or, at least, part of it). They want to be wooed, seduced, flirted with, taken. They want to handpick their lovers and make them do their bidding. They want men, women, and sometimes both at the same time. In Dirty Girls, the country’s best erotic writers explore their sexual psyches. With contributions from Carol Queen, Alison Tyler, Sofia Quintero, Shanna Germain, Lillian Ann Slugocki, Tsaurah Litzky, and many others, this collection will set your heart racing as you savor these intimate, shocking, and passionate female fantasies.

Word Warriors

Alix Olson (editor)

$18.00 USD, Trade Paper Original and Ebook
October 2007

Female spoken word artists have become the spokeswomen for a new generation. This demanding oral poetry of the early 21st century has defined a vanguard of lithely muscled voices; women who think and act decisively to create their distinctive and desperately earned realities. The combination of the eminent slam movement and the upsurge of bold underground feminism has created a unique pool of women who verbally challenge society on all fronts. Editor Alix Olson brought together a variety of astounding spoken word artists for Word Warriors. Included in this collection are Patricia Smith and Eileen Myles, two of our most formidable and famous spoken-word foremothers, Tony-award winner Sarah Jones, Lynn Breedlove from the infamous dyke-punk band Tribe 8, Palestinian-born and raised Suheir Hummadd, and many more. These women join other amazing artists from many different backgrounds to create Word Warriors, a powerful and comprehensive collection of work from the best and brightest female spoken word artists today.

Drag King Dreams

Leslie Feinberg

$16.95 USD, Trade Paper Original
April 2006

Drag King Dreams is the story of Max Rabinowitz, a butch lesbian bartender at an East Village club where drag kings, dykes dressed as men, perform. A veteran of the women’s and gay movement of the past 30 years, Max’s mid-life crisis hits in the midst of the post-9/11 world. Max is lonely and uncertain about her future—fearful in fact of America’s future with its War on Terror and War in Iraq—with only a core group of friends to turn to for reassurance. Max is shaken from her crisis, however, by the news that her friend Vickie, a transvestite, has been found murdered on her way home late one night. As the community of cross-dressers, drag queens, lesbian and gay men, and “genderqueers” of all kinds stand up together in the face of this tragedy, Max taps into the activist spirit she thought had long disappeared and for the first time in years discovers hope for her future.

Literary Mama

Andrea J. Buchanan and Amy Hudock (editors)

$14.95 USD, Trade Paper Original and Ebook
January 2006

Including creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry, Literary Mama celebrates the voices of the maternally inclined, paves the way for other writer mamas, and honors the difficult and rewarding work women do as they move into motherhood.

Diary of a Mad Housewife

Sue Kaufman

$14.95 USD, Trade Paper Original and Ebook
April 2005

Made into a major motion picture that garnered an Oscar nomination, Diary of a Mad Housewife is a classic of women’s fiction that gave a wry voice to the nascent feminist stirrings of the 1960s and helped incite a revolution in the consciousness of a generation.

Egalia's Daughters

Gerd Brantenberg

$16.00 USD, Trade Paper and Ebook
January 2005

Welcome to the land of Egalia, where the rules of society are very different. In this hilly seaside town, gender roles are topsy-turvy—“wim” wield the power while “menwim” mind the household chores. It has been this stringent for as long as anyone can remember. But for how much longer will the ruling state of affairs remain unchallenged? More than just a whimsical romp, Egalia’s Daughters poses the provocative question of whether the culprit in gender subjugation is gender itself or power—no matter who wields it.

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