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Curious Wine [Paperback]

Katherine V. Forrest
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April 19 2011
The intimacy of a cabin at Lake Tahoe provides the combustible circumstances that bring Diana Holland and Lane Christianson together in this passionate novel of first discovery.

Candid in its eroticism, intensely romantic, remarkably beautiful, CURIOUS WINE is a love story that will remain in your memory.

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A masterpiece of lesbian love. -- The Sacramento Star

Subtly, beautifully, with unerring feeling, not only passion but emotion and rationale are limned. -- Mom Guess What

The focus of the novel is love: falling in love, being in love, running away from love. -- The Advocate

The ultimate lesbian love novel. -- The Lesbian News --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Katherine V. Forrest's 15 works of fiction are in translation worldwide. In addition to Curious Wine, she is the author of the lesbian classics An Emergence of Green, and Daughters of a Coral Dawn, the first novel in her award-winning lesbian-feminist utopian trilogy, and her celebrated, award-winning eight-volume Kate Delafield mystery series. Her stories, articles and reviews have appeared in national and international publications. A highly respected fiction editor, she has worked with many published authors, has edited or co-edited numerous anthologies, and conducted seminars and taught many classes in the craft of fiction.

Honors and awards include four Lambda Literary Awards, the Bill Whitehead Lifetime Achievement from the Publishing Triangle, the Pioneer Award from the Lambda Literary Foundation, and a profile in USA Today. Senior editor at the storied Naiad Press for ten years, she is currently supervising editor at Spinsters Ink and editor-at-large for Bella Books.

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The cabin was warm and bright with the light Diana Holland and Vivian Kaufman had seen from a distance on the winding mountain road, friendly yellow light radiating into a black night, onto glowing snow. Read the first page
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Where's the plot? Aug. 19 2003
The plot started out well. The slow building of the attraction between Lane and Diana. The questions and confusion. Then all of a sudden, they have sex and the book turns into a collection of erotica. Lane and Diana just run from one sex scene to another with very little interaction with each other or the other characters. I enjoyed the scenes where they are talking, getting to know each other. However, those were few and far between.
The other characters were interchangeable and very cardboard. (I kept mixing up Millie and Madge.) Diana's relationship with Jack is not explained until the end of the book. The confusion Diana "suffers" is rather mild compared to a real coming-out.
Overall, the book was a decent read. However, it does not live up to it's billing as the greatest lesbian romance ever.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a beautiful lesbian love story! June 17 2004
This is a great, great lesbian love story. When I think "lesbian love story," the two books that come to mind immediately are this one, and (the in some ways quite similar) Claire of the Moon. They share a certain beauty, they're sweet and sensitive, and they're about real, deep-down, soul-shaking connection between two women.
Curious Wine's two main characters -- Diane and Lane -- draw you in, and the others are not only great foils, but have their own tensions and issues to work through and deal with. I guess you could say there's a good deal of "CR" going on throughout the story. :)
The heart of the plot is the growing relationship between the two main characters, and the personal growth that one of them -- who had considered herself heterosexual -- has to go through to figure out what she wants for herself. Sub-plots revolve around the supporting characters' lives, and their roles in Diane's and Lane's lives.
The story's so engaging, the writing so flowing and smooth, the characters so hard to leave behind that I end up re-reading this book on a pretty regular basis. Read it, love it, read it again -- and again, and again ....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Must Read Nov. 15 2003
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Forrest hits it right on target when it comes women's atractiveness for each other. She describes with elegance the emotions and sensualtiy when women make love. I loved it enough to read it agian right after I finished the first time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A keeper Aug. 26 2002
One of the best coming out stories I have ever read. It is a permanent part of my library. I read it once a year. Excellent character development and flow. If you are a lesbian and have not read this book, you must! If you are straight, it will broaden your horizons, and perhaps just make you a little curious. :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars First Love Dec 12 2002
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I recieved the book in the mail yesturday and I couldn't put it down. I read it in one sitting. This is definately for the hopeless romantics out there. It made me think about that first kiss with the love of my life again. I recommend it for the memories it will rekindle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, cult-classic lesbian fiction Aug. 5 2002
After all these years I still find "Curious Wine" to be my favorite lesbian novel. The characters have depth, are realistic, do not just jump all over each other, make rational decisions...
Unlike too many lesbian books out there now with no character depth, no plot, no anything...
I highly recommended "Curious Wine" and "An Emergence of Green" from Katherine Forrest. My only angst here lies in the fact that all the other books Katherine has written are mysteries based on the same character. I honestly don't know why there are so many lesbian mystery books out there... :P
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