Modern GLBTQI fiction of the Great War
Ten authors – in thirteen stories – explore the experiences of GLBTQI people during World War I. In what ways were their lives the same as or different from those of other people?
A London pub, an English village, a shell-hole on the Front, the outskirts of Thai Nguyen city, a ship in heavy weather off Zeebrugge, a civilian internment camp … Loves and griefs that must remain unspoken, unexpected freedoms, the tensions between individuality and duty, and every now and then the relief of recognition. You’ll find both heartaches and joys in this astonishing range of thought-provoking stories.
“A Pride of Poppies” is a very impressive anthology of 13 stories illustrating World War I through GLBTQI* eyes. The book comprises a great selection of individual experiences that cover a great range: geographically and emotionally.
It is a perspective often neglected or over-dramatized and I applaud the book for hitting a lot of right tones in handling the subject.
Entertaining and thought provoking this not only fills a gap in WWI literature, it is also a very moving and stimulating read with plenty of original ideas. Very recommended.
(*Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transsexual/transgener/transvestite, Queer/questioning, Intersexual).
Reviewed for the Historical Novel Society, Indie Section.