Sarah Dreher

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Sarah Dreher
Occupation Novelist, Playwright, Psychologist
Period 20th century
Genre Mystery
Subject Lesbian fiction
Literary movement LGBT Literature

Sarah Dreher (born March 26, 1937, Hanover, Pennsylvania – died April 2, 2012,[1] Amherst, Massachusetts) was an American lesbian novelist and playwright, and best known for her award-winning lesbian mystery series featuring amateur sleuth Stoner McTavish.[2]

Her themes include "the anguish of lesbian relationships beginning, ending or mending. Dreher's lesbian protagonists are modern heroes searching for integrity and identity..."[3] In the resolution of her mysteries, solutions other than resorting to traditional justice system intervention are part of the exploration of society outside the existing social paradigm.

Dreher has contributed essays and writings to a number of projects, including Off the Rag: Lesbians Writing about Menopause by Lee Lynch and Akia Woods, "Waiting for Stonewall" in Sexual Practice/Textual Theory: Lesbian Cultural Criticism,[4] and a contributed chapter to They Wrote the Book: Thirteen Women Mystery Writers Tell All.[5]

In addition to writing, Dreher was a clinical psychologist in private practice, graduating first from Wellesley College, then gaining a Ph.D. in psychology from Purdue University.[6]



  • Solitaire and Brahms (1997) [novel]. (New Victoria)
  • Stoner McTavish Series, (New Victoria)
    • Stoner McTavish (1985)
    • Something Shady (1986)
    • Gray Magic (1987)
    • A Captive in Time (1990)
    • Otherworld (1993)
    • Bad Company (1995)
    • Shaman's Moon (1998)
    • Love Murders (unpublished)
  • Lesbian Stages: Plays by Sarah Dreher. New Victoria. (1988),
    • Contains:
      • Alumnae News: The Doris Day Years = winner of the 1st Jane Chambers National Playwriting Award 1987 for full length play
      • Base Camp
      • Backward, Turn Backward
      • This Brooding Sky
      • Hollandia ’45
  • PLACES PLEASE! The First Anthology of Lesbian Plays Aunt Lute publishing Company (1985) included:
    • 8 x 10 Glossy by Sarah Dreher = Winner of the 1st Lesbian Playwrighting Contest, Theatre Rhinocros 1985
    • Ruby Christmas by Sarah Dreher


  • 8 X 10 Glossy, 1985, 1st Lesbian Playwrighting Contest, Theatre Rhinoceros San Francisco CA winner
  • Alumnae News: The Doris Day Years, 1987, 1st Jane Chambers National Playwrighting Award—full length play winner
  • Shaman's Moon, 1998 Lambda Literary Foundation winner, Mystery
  • A Captive in Time, 1990 Lambda Literary Foundation finalist, Mystery
  • Medalist, 2005 The Alice B Readers Award

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Sarah A. Dreher Obituary: View Sarah Dreher's Obituary by The Republican". Retrieved 2012-04-14. 
  2. ^ Griffin, Gabriele. Who's Who in Lesbian and Gay Writing, Routledge (59).
  3. ^ Zimmerman, Bonnie. Lesbian Histories and Cultures, Taylor and Francis (763).
  4. ^ Wolfe, Susan J. and Penelope, Julia. Sexual Practice/Textual Theory: Lesbian Cultural Criticism. Cambridge, MA: Blackwell Publishers, 1993
  5. ^ Windrath, Helen (editor), They Wrote the Book: Thirteen Women Mystery Writers Tell All, 2000 Spinsters Ink
  6. ^ Pollack, Sandra and Denise D. Knight (Editors). Contemporary Lesbian Writers of the United States: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook, 1993 (p. 186-191)