This thesis explores the liminal lesbian spaces established within heteronormative American society in the 1950s, both in the historical and literary context. It examines the spaces of suburban homes, sorority houses, women’s sport teams, and the women’s army corps, which created favorable conditions for the development of same-sex relationships. The theory of liminality and the concept of heterotopia are applied to these spaces to examine how the structure and the qualities of heteronormative environments contributed to women’s process of reconciliation with their gay identities. This thesis explores the historical evidence of lesbian representation in American society in the 1950s, and presents its literary reflection in The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith and Spring Fire by Marijane Meaker—the lesbian fiction of the times. Throughout the analysis of historical sources and the close-reading of the novels, this thesis examines the liminal, lesbian spaces and their contribution to gay women’s process of reconciliation with their homosexuality. Eventually, this thesis demonstrates that liminal, gay microcosms provided essential space for gay women’s discovery and exploration of their homosexual identities.