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Awake Unto Me
     

Awake Unto Me

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by Kathleen Knowles
 

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In turn of the century San Francisco, two young women fight for love in a world where women are often invisible and passion is the privilege of the powerful.

Kerry O'Shea always handled what life threw at her. Growing up on San Francisco's Barbary Coast, schooled in the streets by her con-man father, she fights to make a place for herself as a cook in the

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In turn of the century San Francisco, two young women fight for love in a world where women are often invisible and passion is the privilege of the powerful.

Kerry O'Shea always handled what life threw at her. Growing up on San Francisco's Barbary Coast, schooled in the streets by her con-man father, she fights to make a place for herself as a cook in the Palace Hotel. Escaping her roots made her plenty tough, but when she meets Beth Hammond, none of her street smarts matters. It's love at first sight, but how can such a love ever be possible?

Beth Hammond is every bit as strong as Kerry and proves it when she talks her domineering father into allowing her to study nursing. Drawn to Kerry in ways she doesn't understand, Beth fears the terrible secret she hides could destroy their relationship before it can even begin.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940014187398
Publisher:
Bold Strokes Books
Publication date:
04/01/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
264
Sales rank:
1,047,581
File size:
769 KB

Meet the Author

Kathleen Knowles grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but has lived in San Francisco for more than thirty years. She finds the city’s combination of history, natural beauty, and multicultural diversity inspiring and endlessly fascinating.

Other than writing, she loves music of all kinds, walking, bicycling, and stamp collecting. LGBT history and politics have commanded her attention for many years, starting with her first Pride march in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1978. She and her partner were married in July, 2008, and live atop one of San Francisco’s many hills with their three pets. She works as a health and safety specialist at the University of California, San Francisco.

She has written short stories, essays, and fan fiction. Awake Unto Me is her first published work.

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Awake unto Me 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
LiteraryDixie More than 1 year ago
I read many books and I can often overlook flaws in writing style and the like if the story is good and the plot well thought out. In this case the writing is stilted and the characters are less than three dimensional. But for a first novel, I would not normally fault the author for that. I cannot in good conscience, however, recommend this book. As a survivor of sexual abuse, I find it deeply offensive the way the author portrays the sexual awakening of the main character. The uninvited molestation of an adolescent, no matter what the time period, by a person more than twice her age, followed by the words, “I knew you’d like it” is an irresponsible depiction of that plot point. By portraying this event as a good thing, the author is (unwittingly, I hope) condoning child molestation. The historical look at turn of the 20th century San Francisco and its treatment of women was interesting, but not enough to overlook the major offense this author committed. Please skip this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book full novel wonderful story of two women overcoming hardship and learning to trust and love each other
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first piece of lesbian lieterature I have read. I am a fifth generation San Franciscan and grew up hearing the stories of my grandparents, aunts and uncle who came of age in San Francisco in the late 19th century. Kathleen's rich characters and historical awareness took me to place that I honestly and realistically shared with Kerry and Beth. As with these two strong and honest women I was awakened and convinced these were actually women I know. In this story of recovery, honesty and spiritual awakening I realted as though I was there with them. I am a gay male and experienced a universal truth of the human spirit when one is honest and relies on their own desires and insticts to connect and partner with their chosen lover. like flag
Bridgeteacher3 More than 1 year ago
Rarely have I been so enthralled with an author's first effort. I read the last half of this book at one sitting to where my bed thinks I'm having an affair with the couch. Two young women from highly different backgrounds in the last few years of the 19th Century in San Francisco discover that their sexuality is not what is considered "the norm." We follow their own paths of self awareness and eventual discovery of each other and the depth and complexity of their individual struggles to come out both to themselves and then to each other in an era where young ladies are not even supposed to be thinking about such things, is illegal and against all of the acceptable mores of the time. I wish to note that I was a psychotherapist before I retired and that I am straight... I now feel that I have a great deal better understanding of something that, as the male hero put it, "I don't exactly understand, but I accept without understanding." I must also comment that another reviewer's negative review missed the entire point a child molester's comment a "glorifying" molestation when in fact his comment was self- justification of his own sick behavior as well as an attempt to get Beth to accept what had happened and keep it a secret. If there was any weakness in the book, it was the implication and/or suggestion that both women's negative sexual experiences were at least in part causal to their homosexuality. This was not the author's intent (e-mail is wonderful.) The San Francisco background gives the story a delightfully accurate picture of a beautiful City in an incredibly well researched historical setting. You will not regret buying this book. A real winner.