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Product details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (1 Sept. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380799502
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380799503
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.1 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,737,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Barr has drawn on women's diaries from the Old West to bring detail to this unusual romance. The result is an intriguing story, sensitive and authentic-sounding, and far different from what is usually considered a Western novel."-- "The Miami Herald""This is a novel of power and vitality that will grip the reader...The author's skill in writing lively, often humorous dialogue and indeveloping strong, unique characters in a setting described with authenticity is impressive."-- "Library Journal""A sensitive novel...Barr tells an extraordinary story of two women in the Old West, not only pioneers but lovers forced to keep theirlove a secret...Barr succeeds in conveying the meaning of these brave and desperate lives."-- "Booklist""The tender and gentle in its exploration of commitment between two women, especially in days when females wereexpected to live out their narrow lives doing exhausting work and obeying their husbands."-- "St. Paul Pioneer Press Dispatch"

About the Author

Navada Barr is the award-winning author of seven Anna Pigeon mysteries: Track of the Cat, A Superior Death, Ill Wind, Firestorm, Endangered Species, Blind Descent, and Liberty Falling. She lives in Mississippi and was most recently a ranger on the Natchez Trace Parkway

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This book wasnt bad, but it certainly wasnt good. The reader was never touched by the love between the two women, nor did I become attached to the characters at all. The desciption of their relationship is shaky at best, and it was difficult to relate to any of their feelings because the desciptive imagry takes up the whole book, leaving no place for the interaction which is desperatly needed. The book failed to climax or rise to some exeptional conclusion. When you finish the book, you sit there saying to yourself, "What was the point of reading this?" there was no satisfaction in reading this book. If anything, go read 'Tipping the velvet' or 'Beond the pale' Both were historical lesbian fiction and hundreds of times more enchanting.
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This is a beautifully crafted story about two woman who have a strong relationship and who overcome their every day problems and the predudices of their time and environment. The sense of place is very strong and the novel leaves you feeling that reading it has been a very worthwhile experience. Highly recomend.
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HASH(0x8be13ba0) out of 5 stars A book for everyone 24 Dec. 1999
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I had read several of Nevada Barr's mysteries and found them thoroughly delightful. They vary from the traditional mystery by using a park ranger in place of the usual private eye. When I picked up Bittersweet, I expected another mystery. Instead, this is a wonderful emotion filled novel. As with her mysteries, Barr takes the traditional western and gives it a twist. Her heroines face the classic struggles on the range, but the antagonists are not always nature but are often human nature. That is, two women living in 19th century Nevada have to deal with everything men do plus the problems created by the stereotypes. This book was a very fine, enchanting read which still gives me enjoyment long after I have finished it.
86 of 89 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95cec024) out of 5 stars A book worth reading. 1 Oct. 1999
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I tried for the last two years to purchase a copy of this book, but it was out of print. While reading Nevada Barr's mysteries I was impressed by her talent, and I liked the person behind the writing. The credits listed Bittersweet as her first novel, so I started looking for it. The search was worth the effort. The novel exposes the problems of being a woman in 1800's America as much as it tells the story of a very loving woman and her impact on another woman. What a talented writer! What a valuable subject. I definitely recommend that you read this book.
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HASH(0x95cec048) out of 5 stars I loved this book! 1 Nov. 1999
By Jackie Ganguly - Published on
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I really enjoyed reading this book. I picked it up on a whim, knowing nothing about it, but when I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. I was really moved by the devotion and genuine love between the two main characters, and I still find myself going back and rereading certain passages. I could relate to this book on so many levels, and I recommend it to others.
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HASH(0x95cec36c) out of 5 stars Not a copy 22 Mar. 2000
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of any other book I have read, deep issues are here but the book reads fast and stays with you like the smell of burning leaves in fall . . . when I grow up I hope I can write as well as Ms. Barr and I hope she never stops writing Anna Pigeon mysteries either. If you like her mysteries you will like this one too even if it is not nearly as light. The book is appropriately named as when you finish it that is just how you feel . . bittersweet.
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HASH(0x95cec1d4) out of 5 stars Haunting 10 Sept. 2000
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I came to this novel as a reader of the Anna Pigeon series. As it was Nevada Barr's first novel, I expected far less than I got. There is no other word than "extraordinary" for this book. You are drawn into the period and its day-to-day small town and then desert life, in many ways like watching a movie -- visual in every detail. I was sorry to have it end and it haunted me for days. I hope the author will extend beyond the slightly formulaic Pigeon books again.
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