Lesbian Nuns: Breaking Silence

by Nancy Manahan & Rosemary Keefe Curb (eds)

Out of print for two decades, Lesbian Nuns: Breaking Silence, the explosive international best-seller, is back with a new foreword analyzing the unprecedented impact it had on the lesbian community and mainstream culture. In new afterwords, the co-editors reveal how the book came to be and what happened to their lives when, for the first time in history, a lesbian book from a small publisher went mainstream.

Each nun in these stories describes her individual and searing path in, or out of, the convent to discover and face the truth of herself. Still myth-shattering, the stories remind us of the courage required to live—and love—in congruence with our authentic selves.

“Oblivious to the controversies that surrounded the initial publication of Lesbian Nuns: Breaking Silence, whether they originated within the Catholic Church or the lesbian feminist movement, thousands of readers across the decades have embraced the book and found their lives changed by its message of empowerment.” – Joanne E. Passet, Ph.D., Professor of History, Indiana University East

Originally published by Naiad Press 1985



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Genre Non Fiction, Short Essay
Length 384 pages
Publication Date June 1, 2013
Publisher Spinsters Ink
ISBN 9781935226635
Editor Nancy Manahan & Rosemary Keefe Curb
Cover Designer Kiaro Creative


  • The watershed work that changed how the world viewed lesbians - published in eight counties!
  • New foreword by Joanne Passet and afterword by Nancy Manahan.
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