Lesbian/sapphic fiction recommendations

Theory by Dionne Brand (literary)

After Delores by Sarah Schulman (literary with elements of murder mystery)

  • Content warnings: semi-graphic sexual assault of a lesbian by another lesbian

Love Kills Twice by Rien Gray (taut, sharp noir contemporary romance)

The Blue Place by Nicola Griffith (series; literary noir)

  • Content warnings: love interest death in book one

An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon (generation-ship dystopia)

  • Content warnings: sexual assault, setting is a white supremacist generation ship that uses black people as slaves

The Winged Histories by Sofia Samatar (secondary-world fantasy)

Things We Found During the Autopsy by Kuzhali Manickavel (fabulist; short story collection)

Alcestis by Katharine Beutner (myth retelling)

What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi (fabulist; short story collection)

The Race by Nina Allan (near-future science fiction)

The Carhullan Army by Sarah Hall (near-future dystopia)

The Dark Wife by Sarah Diemer (Hades/Persephone retelling where both are women)

  • Content warnings: graphic rape on-page of a secondary female character by Zeus

Earth Logic by Laurie J. Marks (series; secondary-world fantasy)

  • Content warnings: rape in the back story of one of the lesbian protagonists

Thorn by Anna Burke (fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast)

  • Content warnings: on-page rape of a secondary lesbian character

Disturbed by Her Song by Tanith Lee (various speculative; short story collection)

  • Content warnings: men threatening to rape a lesbian in ‘The Kiss’ (this is not carried out)  

Not all the writers I have listed here are queer; in many cases I simply don’t know their orientation. I do, however, try to select for queer writers who are not men and if possible queer writers of color who are not men. This can be a bit difficult for obvious reasons, as publishing is dominated by white women, mostly cisgender heterosexual ones.