Annie On My Mind
This story of loves transpires in a much more different way than it would today. I feel that if Nancy Garden would've written this novel in present times, the controversy surrounding Eliza and Annie would be more violent, and they may or may not have reunited. Although the girls may or may not have found support in modern day, I feel the story would be told differently. However, I do believe that Garden's style tells the story in a way that helps anyone struggling with how society sees a lesbian or homosexual relationship. This story is full of love and insight as to the beauty and anxiety anyone can feel when discovering this sensitive part of oneself.
Nancy Garden, also a lesbian, was an avid defender of intellectual freedom who lived her youth in the 1950s. She saw the need for a story like this as she wished there would have been a book for her to identify with during a time when book topics didn't include anything outside of the idealistic American family.
Nancy Garden also wrote Molly's Family, which is about a little girl who has two mothers. The book is written for younger children - Pre K to first grade.