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To be published by OSU Press, October 2024

ISBN 978-1-962645-22-5, trade paperback, $24.95


The fourteen literary memoirs collected in Virginia’s Apple explore pivotal episodes across poet and writer Judith Barrington’s life. Artfully crafted, each one stands alone yet they are linked—characters reappear and, taken together, the pieces create a larger narrative.

The content is wide-ranging: the early days of the Second Wave of feminism—the exhilaration, the wildness, the love affairs, the surprises, and the self-invention; navigating a sometimes precarious existence as an out lesbian long before it was commonplace; leaving England and becoming an American citizen; finding a life partner; and growing old with an inherited disability.

These stories are laced with humor and joy, while pulsing below the surface is the slow unfolding of delayed grief over her parents’ drowning when she was nineteen, revealing how such a loss can shape a life.


PRAISE for Virginia's Apple

"I seldom cry over a book but the wonderful Virginia’s Apple has moved me in many ways. The elegant, metaphor-rich language, the exquisite memory of detail, and the poignancy of Judith Barrington’s story are all very gripping and make it a powerful read. Then, her pursuit of lesbian activism and community building in both England and the US, as well as her sleuthing of lesbian literary history—so valuable, and all the more so because of the personal way she interacts with the writers—living and dead. This is more than a memoir, it is a history of an era and of the characters who set out to change society and in many ways, dare we say, succeeded.” —Judy Grahn 

"When we are able to move fluidly through the past, present and future by looking back on a life I believe we become new creatures in our own lives. Judith Barrington's brilliant collection of linked life stories Virginia's Apple: Collected Memoirs is a thrilling book that pulls memories through creative visionary transmography. I felt like I was swimming inside the imagination of all the brilliant women who came before me who have kept me alive, and all the women who are coming after us. With poetic and erotic power, this book helped me remember to keep going as long as it takes for change to emerge. What a triumph. I feel gratitude.” — Lidia Yuknavitch


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