Sapphic Stories || Around the world

We are all influenced by the places we come from and the experiences we have because of our backgrounds. There isn’t just one way of being a part of the LGBT+ community. And many times, in discussions of diversity and intersectionality, we end up forgetting to talk about this. We read mainly books set in a few specific countries and think that this is all that is for diversity and for our communities. For this reason, I decided to do a research on F/F books around the world. In around a month, I received many recommendations from people all over Twitter and Tumblr and did a long research of my own to try to find as many as I could. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find one for each country/territory. Sometimes, because of the language barrier, and because many places still have anti-LGBT+ laws and high rates of violence against LGBT+ people.

Sapphic Stories – Around the world does not intend to be a rec list that is ultimate and finalized, but just the beginning of a search for more pluralized stories. There are many other stories out there that we need to look for. Still, I believe that this post could be a nice start so that people can recognize these stories set in the places they grew up in or to know more about what it means to be sapphic in other places. This list contains F/F fiction books, books that have at least one women who feel romantic/sexual attraction to women, short stories, anthologies, and nonfiction about how it is to be LGBT+ in some places of the world.

Thank you to everyone who helped me creating this master list. If you see any book misplaced leave me a comment so that I can fix this. Or if you know a book in a place not mentioned here, let me know.

The Shattering by Karen Healey (New Zealand)

Tahuri by Ngahuia Te Awekotuku (New Zealand)

Storm Season by Pene Henson (Australia)

Songs That Sound Like Blood by Jared Thomas (Australia)

Garis Tepi Seorang Lesbian by Herlinatiens (Indonesia)

Don’t Tell My Mother by Brigitte Bautista (Philippines)

Strawberry Panic by Sakurako Kimino (Japan)

Queer Japan: Personal Stories of Japanese Lesbians, Gays, Transsexuals and Bisexuals by Barbara Summerhawk (Japan)

Seventh Day of the Seventh Moon by Ken Liu (China)

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See (China)

The Terracotta bride by Zen Cho (Chinese afterlife)

Notes of a Crocodile by Qiu Miaojin (Taiwan)

Scale-Bright by Benjanun Sriduangkaew (Hong Kong)

The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera (Mongolia-inspired)

Bright Lines by Tanwi Nandini Islam (US/Bangladesh)

Pride climbing higher: Stories by LGBT People from Nepal edited by Chad Frisbie (Nepal)

Love bi the Way by Bhaavna Arora (India)

The Normal State of Mind by Susmita Bhattacharya (India)

Bodies in Motion: Stories by Mary Anne Mohanraj (Sri Lanka/US)

If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan (Iran)

Cinnamon by Samar Yazbek (Syria)

Bareed Mista3jil by Meem (Lebanon)

The Sea Is Ours: Tales from Steampunk Southeast Asia by Jaymee Goh and Joyce King (Southeast Asia)

The Rosebush Murders by Ruth Shidlo (Israel)

A Map of Home by Randa Jarrar (Egypt/Kuwait)

A Smokeless Flame by Aziza Amador (Egypt)

The Salt Roads by Nalo Hopkinson (Egypt, Caribe, Jerusalem, France)

Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta (Nigeria)

The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives by Lola Shoneyin (Nigeria)

Jambula Tree by Monica Arac de Nyeko (Uganda)

Everfair by Nisi Shawl (alternate history – Congo)

La Bastarda by Trifonia Melibea Obono (Equatorial Guinea)

Queer Malawi: Untold Stories (Malawi)

The Chameleon’s Tale by Andrea Bramhall (South Africa)

In Search of Happiness by Sonwabiso Ngcowa (South Africa)

Fairytales for Lost Children by Diriye Osman (Kenya, Somalia, UK)

Queer Africa edited by Karen Martin (Africa – Continental)

Sky Knights by Alex Powell (Russia)

Baby Jane by Sofi Oksanen (Finland)

Det händer nu by Sofia Nordin (Sweden)

Som eld by Sara Lövestam (Sweden)

What Comes Naturally? by Gerd Brantenberg (Norway)

On The Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis (Netherlands)


In The Blood Of The Greeks by Mary D. Brooks (Greece)

Christmas Eve at the Purple Owl Cafe by Cora Buhlert (Germany)

Smalltown Blues by Birgit Utz (Germany)

Heimliches Begehren. Eine Verbotene Liebe In Wien by Ines Rieder, Diana Voigt (Austria)

Zu keiner anderen Zeit by Barbara Martina Strebel (Austria)

Zij en Haar by Dirk Bracke (Belgium)

Verazélet by Anna Lovas Nagy (Hungary)

Eltitkolt évek: Tizenhat leszbikus életút edited by Anna Borgos (Hungary)

House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard (France)

I Can’t Think Straight by Shamim Sarif (UK)

Fingersmith by Sara Waters (UK)

Carolyn For Christmas by Lucy Carey (Ireland)

101 Razones Para Odiarla by Emma Mars (Spain)

HOMO sapienne by Niviaq Korneliussen (Greenland)

Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard (Canada)

Lunaside by J.L. Douglas (Canada)

Treasure by Rebekah Weatherspoon (United States)

Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee (United States)

Name me Nobody by Lois-Ann Yamanaka (Hawaii)

Cowrie by Cathie Dunsford (Hawaii)

Amora by RosaMaria Roffiel (Mexico)

Dos Mujeres by Sara Levi Calderon (Mexico)

Labios by Maurice Echeverría (Guatemala)

In Another Place, Not Here by Dionne Brand (Canada/Caribe)

Our Caribbean: A Gathering of Lesbian and Gay Writing from the Antilles edited by Thomas Glave (Caribbean Islands)

Cereus Blooms at Night by Shani Mootoo (Caribbean fictional island)

Bliss by Fiona Zedde (Jamaica)

Her Head a Village by Makeda Silvera (Jamaica)

La gruta y el arcoiris. Antología de narrativa gay/lésbica costarricense edited by Alexánder Obando Bolaños (Costa Rica)

Por favor, no me olvides by Car Puche (Venezuela)

Parece una agonia by Maria Luisa del Rio (Peru)

¿Camila tiene dos mamás? by Verónica Ferrari (Peru)

A Rosa de Isabela by Solaine Chioro (Brazil)

Entre Estantes by Olivia Pilar (Brazil)

La elegida by Lilian Elphick (Chile)


5 comentários sobre “Sapphic Stories || Around the world

  1. Lex 1 de junho de 2017 / 12:50

    This list is amazing and thank you so much for this ❤

    Also, for Hungary: (I have not yet read any of these because I am horrible, but they are all by Hungarian authors and seem to take place in Hungary.)

    Kecskerúzs by Agáta Gordon ( – the first Hungarian lesbian novel apparenly, I'm yet to read it)
    Kicsi Lili by Orsolya Karafiáth ( – this one's an adult book with a 30-year-old protagonist)
    Verazélet by Anna Lovas Nagy (
    Eltitkolt évek: Tizenhat leszbikus életút edited by Anna Borgos (this is a nonfiction anthology about the lives of sixteen lesbian (and bisexual?) women. I have been trying to get it but can't find it anywhere RIP.

    I'm sure there are more, but they must be even less known than these ones. :/


    • bibliosapphic 3 de junho de 2017 / 12:56

      Thank you, Danika! It was a lot of work but I’m glad to provide the list for other ppl ^^


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