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Desert of the Heart [Paperback]

Jane Rule
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31 July 2005

Set in the late 1950s, this is the story of Evelyn Hall, an English Professor, who goes to Reno to obtain a divorce and put an end to her disastrous 16-year marriage. While staying at a boarding house to establish her six-week residency requirement she meets Ann Childs, a casino worker and fifteen years her junior. Physically, they are remarkably alike and eventually have an affair and begin the struggle to figure out just how a relationship between two women can last.

Desert of the Heart examines the conflict between convention and freedom and the ways in which the characters try to resolve the conflict

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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  • Paperback: 191 pages
  • Publisher: Bella Books; New edition edition (31 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159493035X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594930355
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 14.2 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Cool, clear-eyed, compassionate and unsentimental." -- Globe & Mail "An intelligent and utterly believable novel." -- Joyce Carol Oates --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Regarded as a classic of lesbian literature and was groundbreaking when published in 1964. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical 26 Sep 2003
That's the only word for the way Jane Rule handles the evolving relationship between Ann, the young girl living in Reno and Evelyn, the older academic woman who turns up to get an instant divorce. If this book does not have you in goose bumps most of the time, I can't think what will. The characters are beautifully painted and contrasted, their actions always seem so very real as they converge and finally surrender to each other. The surrounding characters are equally well defined. Ms Rule has a way of portrayal that speaks from actions and words rather than long descriptions. A thoroughly absorbing book that had me sitting on the edge of my seat at the end. One of her best stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A sexy, thought provoking read. 8 Jan 2004
Vivien, an English professor at a prestigious Californian university in the 1960's, travel's to Reno in order to obtain a 'quickie' divorce from her husband of some 15 years. Boarding at a ranch-house outside town for 6 weeks (Nevada law states the divorcee must be a resident of the State for at least this period), she meets wildcat casino worker Kay, 'daughter' of the owner of the boarding house. Kay is sexy, vivacious, vibrant and...lesbian. 13 years younger than Vivien, the determined beauty falls in love with the professor and sets about seducing her much to the horror of her 'mother' who's mind is narrowed by the social norms of 1960's America. Vivien can't help herself...
Desert of the Heart was one of the first Lesbian interest books I ever read and is, and always will be, one of my favourites. Jane Rule writes with a style and beauty which captures the reader and inspires pride in no-holds-barred love. Get this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sad subject, great story 13 July 2014
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I have given this book 5 stars because it made me smile, angry, happy and cry . It's a long time since a book has done that to me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read 22 Jun 2014
By Sarah L
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A different lesbian love story, impressed that the storyline wasn't typical for this genre. Characters were engaging, not the fasted paced book I gave read but that works well within the gradual storyline.
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