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Split-level dykes to watch out for
Bechdel, Alison, 1960-
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Publication Information:
Ithaca, N.Y. : Firebrand Books, [1998]

Physical Description:
126 pages : illustrations ; 14 x 22 cm

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HQ75.6.U5 B425 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Unable to end the years of often contentious communal domesticity when their house is put up for sale, Ginger, Lois and Sparrow decide to stay together and make a purchase offer. Mo considers the cost-effective benefits of cohabitation with Sydney.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

How can there be enough newer installments of Bechdel's weekly comic strip to fill another book so soon after Hot, Throbbing Dykes to Watch Out For (1997)? Answer: there can't, though there has been enough topical subject matter to fuel more than a year's worth of carping by Bechdel's lesbian feminist protagonists: the coming-out episode of Ellen, the declaration of "Faith and Family" as theme of the next gay march on Washington, the president's sexual peccadilloes, etc. Bechdel makes the most of such stuff, but what allows the book to exist at credible length is a long story, "Demographic Rift," exploiting one of Dykes to Watch Out For's great strengths--that its characters, members of a minority that to nonmembers seems eccentric, go through the passages of life remarkably like everybody else. Here the passage consists of everything involved in first-time home ownership, especially moving, and Bechdel makes first-rate, heartwarming situation comedy out of it. (Reviewed November 15, 1998)1563411032Ray Olson

Publisher's Weekly Review

It's moving day for Bechdel's (Hot, Throbbing Dykes to Watch Out For, etc.) multicultural cast of characters in her latest collection of literate and satirical comic strips. Using breezy jargon, Bechdel redefines race and gender roles while taking aim at some of the pungent topics of the day (the impeachment drama, the restructuring of academe, the "reclamation" of gays via Christian conversion). Her characters are exceedingly bright and ambitious: Sydney is readying a book for publication and her postcoital chatter includes asides about literary deconstruction; recent Ph.D. Ginger mulls over a job offer from Buffalo Lake State U., a no-place that nonetheless attracted 463 applications for a teaching post with little pay and no perks. Much of the book concerns the "demographic rift," which begins when the house that Ginger, Lois and Sparrow occupy as a kind of latter-day commune is offered for sale and the trio decide to buy it themselves. Toni, Clarice and their son, Rafael, are also moving‘from their apartment to a suburban house‘despite Clarice and Ginger's sudden, lustful preoccupation with their old love affair. The disparate tales are tied together by a moving truck that everyone shares, ratcheting up the hectic atmosphere of the moving-day finale. Funny, irreverent and fearless, Bechdel delivers the thinking woman's funny papers. (Dec.) FYI: Bechdel's cartoons are syndicated in newspapers and periodicals in the U.S. and Canada. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved