Out of Time by Paula Martinac


Out of Time is a delightful and thoughtful novel about history, love, and the persistence of passion.


Out of Time won the first Lambda Literary Award for Best Lesbian Fiction and was a Finalist for the American Library Association Gay and Lesbian Book Award.

Out of Time is a great read, wonderfully and compellingly written. . . . Martinac’s evocation of the early years of the century and the special friendships of the women in the period is satisfying and fascinating.” —Bay Area Reporter

“Paula Martinac’s engaging writing makes Out Of Time a fun romp through the twists and turns of the past and present. Out Of Time is a mystery, a history, and a love story in one.” —From 500 Great Books by Women; review by Holly Smith

“The desire not simply for factual history of our foremothers but some sense of their lived presence among us informs this novel. Research and intuition, at first at odds, are reconciled in this sensual, intelligent ghost story of lesbian lovers, past and present. A remarkable first novel.” —Jane Rule, author of Desert of the Heart

Escaping a downpour, Susan Van Dine ducks into an antiques shop on Manhattan’s West Side and discovers a scrapbook of photographs from the 1920s. When she walks out of the shop with the book tucked in her bag, Susan’s fate becomes inextricably linked with the four women in the photos. As she tries to uncover the lives of the women, who have dubbed themselves “The Gang,” Susan experiences a strange collision between past and present. Richly atmospheric and featuring a memorable cast of characters Out of Time is a delightful and thoughtful novel about history, love, and the persistence of passion. Originally published by Seal Press in 1990.

Paula Martinac is the author of three novels, including the Lambda Literary Award-winning Out of Time and the Lammy-nominated Home Movies. She has also written three nonfiction books, half a dozen short plays, a full-length play and hundreds of articles. Her unproduced full-length screenplay, Foreign Affairs—about the relationship between journalist Dorothy Thompson and novelist Christa Winsloe—took second place in the POWER UP Screenplay Contest in 2004. After two decades in New York City, she now lives and works in Charlotte, NC, where she lives with her wife.

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