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“A landmark work of lesbian fiction.”
- New York Times
“Jane Rule was an extraordinary writer—perhaps the most significant lesbian fiction writer of the 20th century.”
- Katherine V Forrest
“An intelligent and utterly believable novel.”
- Joyce Carol Oates
"Jane Rule’s first novel - now a classic of gay and lesbian literature - established her as a foremost writer of the vagaries and yearnings of the female heart. Against the backdrop of Reno, Nevada, in the late 1950s, award-winning author Jane Rule chronicles a love affair between two women. When Desert of the Heart opens, Evelyn Hall is on a plane that will take her from her old life in Oakland, California, to Reno, where she plans to divorce her husband of sixteen years. A voluntary exile in a brave new world, she meets a woman who will change her life. Fifteen years younger, Ann Childs works as a change apron in a casino. Evelyn is instantly drawn to the fiercely independent Ann, and their friendship soon evolves into a romantic relationship. An English professor who had always led a conventional life, Evelyn suddenly finds all her beliefs about love, morality, and identity called into question. Peopled by a cast of unforgettable characters, this is a novel that dares to ask whether love between two women can last."
More very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jane Rule (1931–2007) was the author of several novels and essay collections, including the ground-breaking lesbian love story Desert of the Heart (1964),which was made into the feature film Desert Hearts.
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