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Touchwood Paperback – Dec 1 2003
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Touchwood is far more romance novel than Watermark, but it is far from simple. Sure we could have had the easy story of Rayann falling for a woman old enough to be her mother. May-December romance stories are almost cliche. But Kallmaker doesn't stop there.
Even though Touchwood is solely from Rayann's 29-year old point-of-view, we see Louisa's 56-year old character clearly. Louisa has done much in her life, survived the death of a partner, remained closeted for the benefit of her son. She was butch when mothers were supposed to be femme. When Louisa realizes she is falling in love with Rayann she holds herself back, feeling that she has no right to take the best years of Rayann's life, not when she's already had her share of love. In short, she doesn't deserve the love of a younger woman.
I was rooting as much for Louisa as I was for Rayann. Louisa had bought into the idea that an older woman just isn't worth as much as a younger one. Rayann changes that. Rayann does resist the love and has a passionate, but light-hearted, affair with Zoraida. Her own mother is not happy about Louisa and Rayann's affair when she discovers it, but soon realizes that she prefers Louisa to any of her daughter's previous lovers. Louisa respects her daughter, for starters. In the end, everyone just has to grow up.
Best of all, and erotically portrayed, is Rayann's discovery that for all her sex-positive youth she can hardly keep up with Louisa in bed.
When I finished Touchwood, having already read Watermark, I was uplifted. Touchwood gave me all the nuance of two women deeply in love and Watermark all the depth of character that made me want to give the books to straight people in my family to say "Our lives are just like yours, we love, we grieve, we survive." The two books together provide a range of expression and experience that I've yet to find in any other so-called "romance" novels.
just recently. Karin never disappoints even the second time
Katie P. Moore
Author Southern Heart
This story is of a May-December romance between Rayann and Louisa. Rayann is a graphic artist who has recently been betrayed by her girlfriend and Louisa is the owner of a bookstore who guards her heart so closely it is difficult for her to let anyone get close. When Rayann flees her home after discovering her girlfriend's betrayal it is Louisa who provides her with a job and a roof over her head.
These two women fall in love despite the differences in their ages and experiences. Lou has been closeted her entire life and is afraid of loosing the love of her son and grandson should they discover she is a lesbian and Rayann finds it difficult to convince Lou that the differences in their ages and life experience are not the insurmountable difficulties that Lou perceives them to be.
This book gives a wonderful insight into the preconceptions that lesbians faced in the 60's from the world in general and the lesbian community itself.
It is a great story well worth reading.
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