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Twenty-nine-year-old Rayann Germaine, betrayed by her lover, flees in grief and rage. She meets book-store owner Louisa Thatcher, a woman many years her senior, who offers shelter and work...and soon, passion, and a loving place in her life.

But Rayann encounters challenges to this new love - from friends who question its wisdom, from her mother who disapproves of this liaison with a woman her own contemporary, from Louisa's son who learns for the first time his mother's true sexuality.

And there are profound differences between Rayann and Louisa themselves, two women who come from dramatically different places in the spectrum of age and life experience. Their only common ground seems to be the searing attraction that they both try to deny....

©1991 Karin Kallmaker (P)2021 Tantor

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I have never read this book before but if I had it would already be in my top 5! If anybody is going to give a great story it’s worth in narration it’s Angela Dawe. Louisa’s voice is knee tremblingly gooood. Truly outstanding and now in my top 5 audiobooks for re-listens.

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  • paedagogue
  • 17-01-22

Sublime age-gap f/f romance

Set in Reagan-era San Francisco, Kallmaker's story of an artsy 29-year-old at loose ends who discovers the woman of her dreams in the semi-closeted 50-something bookstore owner who offers her a job and a "room of her own," is to swoon for in Angela Dawe's spectacular, emotionally vibrant narration. I had avoided reading this story when I realized it was the prequel to Kallmaker's fiercely angsty "Watermark," one of my all-time favorites (not yet in Audible, but one can hope). In a way, I'm glad I waited for Dawe's rendition: she nails the emotional pull between the deeply attractive, deeply conflicted older MC, Louisa, and the somewhat passive and immature Rayann, whose untapped intellectual and human potential richly blossoms with Louisa's gentle guidance. Rayann has just emerged from a toxic relationship with a successful professional woman who whittled away at her agency and was unfaithful behind her back. Kallmaker very skilfully portrays the contrast between this exploitative love and the deeply honorable Louisa's gradual surrender to Rayann's best qualities, which leads to the eventual discovery of their exceptional erotic compatibility. Emotionally, Rayann is a work in progress, but she is wholly out of the closet: sexually she is far more experienced than Louisa. In critical respects, the two women complement one another. Age is irrelevant in light of this complementarity, which is cemented by a shared literary sophistication. This love story set in a more optimistic time is also a window into Kallmaker's playful wit, her real wisdom, beautifully captured by Dawe. Here's hoping that "Watermark" also gets the Angela Dawe treatment.

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  • Tammi
  • 24-12-21

Wow!

I could listen to Angela Dawe for days! Perfect narration!!!
Karin Kallmaker is such a good emotion writer. Her stories are creative in a unique way to me. I wasn’t sure if I’d like this story, I’ll confess in part due to the age gap. But it worked. I loved the book and will likely listen to it again in the future.

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  • Sab
  • 20-12-21

I loved this book

A look to the history of lesbians, in a very interesting way. I loved it, this is a very well written story, with interesting MC wi age gap, and narration is WOW

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