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Other Girls

Diane Ayres

From her very first day at Willard College for Women in the late seventies, Elizabeth Breedlove is trapped. The school's motto promises an oasis "where a woman chooses her own destination," but so many faculty members and students have already decided what Breedlove's destiny should be-based solely on her small-town high school picture in the frosh photo pamphlet, Mugs and Plugs.

She magically gets a choice room in Fey House, the upper-class dorm, and a gorgeous "Big Sister" keen to help her navigate the social world of Willard. And even though she's an English major, her assigned advisor is the notorious feminist psychology professor Jojo Crews-who immediately makes her feel she is part of some double-blind gender clinical trial. That's especially true after her new late-night poker buddies warn that everyone at Willard is instantly branded either "a Virgin, a Debutante or a Lesbian Vampire." And she struggles to explore her own identity in a thick web of academic rivalry, secret codes of domination, all manner of swordplay, and the constant threat of long-ticking secrets about to explode. Everyone wants a piece, or a bite, of her.

Which makes her story an intensely dark and witty saga of friendship, lust and, at long last, love.

Originally published in the early 2000s, Other Girls was decades ahead of its time in its exploration of women's friendships, gender fluidity and feminist satire.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Untreed Reads Publishing
  • Publish Date: Apr 18th, 2023
  • Pages: 502
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.00in - 6.00in - 1.25in - 1.99lb
  • EAN: 9798888600993
  • Categories: LGBTQ+ - LesbianLGBTQ+ - BisexualRomance - LGBTQ+ - Lesbian

About the Author

Ayres, Diane: - Diane Ayres is a fiction writer, poet, illustrator and editor. After graduating from Chatham College, she worked as a contributing editor at Pittsburgh magazine, a PBS documentary researcher for WQED, and co-director of a Shakespeare exhibit at the Carnegie Museum of Art. She has taught at the Young Writers Conference at Penn and was featured in the acclaimed Philadelphia Noir short story collection. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, author Stephen Fried.

Praise for this book

Green-as-grass Elizabeth Breedlove knows she has much to learn, but doesn't know the half of it. Will she learn from "leathery" Dr. Beatrice Brock, who is vying for tenure (perhaps at any cost), in her popular seminar revolving around the Bronte sisters? Or from Dusie, with her unusually intense relationship with Elizabeth's big sister at Fey House? Of such is the tongue-in-cheek humor of Ayres' period story of coming-of-age at college. - Booklist


It's completely heartbreaking and devastating. but at the same, it's witty and funny. just remember, the ends justify the means. it's also very well written. this book is constantly on loop in my mind, i have read it so many times (and not tired of it) that i can quote passages. there is so much depth to characters in this book, you could drown in it. it is however, a sophisticated read. that takes place in the 1970's. - Goodreads


Finally a book that addresses bisexuality in a serious tone. The characters are fleshed out quite well and the plot moves and moves forward without delay and without rushing. The dialogue makes it fun and the insight into each of the characters' motives without being "told" about these motives makes it touching. Love it. - Izzy Rae, Goodreads