By Jeannette Winterson I would also suggest The Passion. I highly recommend everything by Sarah Waters, especially her first three novels, Tipping the Velvet, Fingersmith, and Affinity, all set in 19th-century England. She is a fantastic writer and also a historian so the research is brilliant as well, but never gets in the way of a good story. The Price of Salt (also published under the title Carol) by Patricia Highsmith (under the pseudonym Claire Morgan) is an excellent look into what life was like for middle-class lesbians in New York around 1950. Fun Home, a graphic novel by Alison Bechdel (of the Dykes to Watch Out For cartoons) is fantastic as well. The short stories of Dorothy Allison are great. Other writers you might want to check out are Emma Donoghue, May Sarton, Jane Rule, Joan Nestle, Audre Lorde (especially her memoir Zami), the crime writer Val McDermid. That should be enough for the moment. No high school drama in any of them, that I can recall. There are some actually good books that include school drama though, such as Map of Ireland by Stephanie Grant or The Chinese Garden by Rosemary Manning, so I wouldn't dismiss them out of hand. But they are novels first and about school second. Hope that helps!
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