Award-winning novel Beyond All Desiring reveals the deep secrets of Sara, a woman who was "different" in a time of conformity. When Sara's niece, Janice, is notified that her sharp-witted aunt, now in her 80s, hasn't been seen for several days, Janice's panicky drive to find out what's happened begins our journey of discovering that Sara has led a life very different from what her relatives and friends assume. Historical events of the 20th century form a backdrop to Sara's often tumultuous personal life, which we follow from Trenton, NJ, to Washington, DC. As Sara visits a museum exhibit about Buddhism, we learn of her two marriages, the first to an abusive man and the second to a kinder man involved in top secret projects, who develops a bizarre illness. We discover Sara's long but secret love relationship with a woman. And we learn of hidden booklets that hold the key to yet another secret. Judith Laura's writing in this novel is stylistically innovative, realistic and magical, erotic and spiritual. Beyond All Desiring received top honors in the Ulysses Awards, and finalist awards in the USA Best Books Awards and Media Darlings Awards, 2006.
|Publisher:||Open Sea Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)|
About the Author
Judith Laura is author of 2 novels--the award-winning Beyond All Desiring and Three Part Invention--as well 3 books about Goddess spirituality, 2 of which are of mixed genre. She has gathered meditations from her first two Goddess books into an audiobook, Goddess Guided Meditations, which she narrates. Her poems have appeared in many print and online journals. Among the publications in which her short stories have appeared are: Poetica, So Dark So Deep, Gemini Books' Jetstream line, HLFQ, and the anthology Hot & Bothered 3 (Arsenal Pulp Press 2001). She was born in Brooklyn, NY, and grew up near Trenton, NJ, where she graduated from Ewing High School. She received a B. S. in Journalism from Ohio University.
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Beyond All Desiring by Judith Laura is the tale of Sara Lyons, a unique individual. Events shaped Sara¿s life: the depression, the McCarthy era ,and many private actions. She lived through the depression. Lack of necessities shaped Sara¿s life as it did many others. She became very tight fisted with her money and accumulated a tidy sum. Noone would ever expect her financial worth for she lived a very simple life. Pregnancy in her teens changed her life. Then came the great ¿Terror¿. The Terror changed her in ways that others never foresaw. Her family forced her to marry Victor. He repeatedly abused her. She escaped that nightmare and became a career woman. Her roommate, Melanie, was the love of her life. They hid their relationship out of fear of losing their jobs. Sara never truly recovered from Melanie¿s death. Melanie was not the only woman in Sara¿s life. Harry, her second husband, was a kind, gentle man, but he had many secrets. He introduced her to Buddhism. Only after her death did her family came to know a small part of the real Sara. Do we really know one another? It is unfortunate that we do not take the time to get to know each other. Sara Lyons was an exceptional person, but no one in her family ever knew it. Beyond All Desiring is a beautiful story written by a talented Judith Laura. The plot has several twists and turns that kept this reader involved. Ms. Laura has a flair for giving each character a distinct voice. Well done! I highly recommend Beyond All Desiring to fans of fiction.Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for ReviewYourBook.com
This is a book of surprises and a surprisingly good book from a novelist I hadn¿t heard of until recently. I enjoyed this book very much not only because of the twists and turns of the plot, but even more because of the way the truth about the main character, Sara, is slowly revealed, like peeling back layers on an onion. Sara is in her eighties when we first meet her, and her family thinks she has strange ways yet at the same time they think she has lead a dull life. I guess they look at her as your typical old lady. But she isn¿t. Or at least she doesn¿t fit the stereotype. When we get to know more about Sara, when we get to see her life from her point of view, we find that she lived a life that might easily shock her family. She married two very different types of men, but she also had a long love affair with a woman. There are other things about Sara¿s life that are surprising, but I don¿t want to spoil it for you, so I¿ll just say that if you¿re like me, you¿ll like this book for the way it is written, for the depth of character development, and for the few times when the line between what we call ¿reality¿ is crossed, but crossed somehow in a way that seems ¿normal¿ as we are reading the book. When I finished reading the book, I thought about my own family, about how we pigeon-hole certain people into certain roles, and I wondered what some of my relatives are *really* like.