From the bestselling author of 'Longhorns'. Sometimes funny, sometimes tragic and often bawdy, Lola Dances ranges from the 1850 slums of the Bowery to the mining camps of California and Montana, to the Barbary Coast of San Francisco. Little Terry Murphy, pretty and effeminate, dreams of becoming a dancer. Raped by a drunken profligate and threatened with prison, Terry flees the Bowery and finds himself in the rugged settlement of Alder Gulch, where he stands out like a sore thumb among the camp's macho inhabitants—until the day he puts on a dress and dances for the unsuspecting miners as beautiful Lola Valdez—and wins fame, fortune and, ultimately, love.
Banis is cited in numerous social, gay, and publishing histories as a preeminent influence in the gay revolution of the sixties and seventies.