North Coast, a lesbian love story set in Eureka, California, is a debut novel by Dorothy Rice Bennett. Two women, who have every reason not to be attracted to one another, share a house and a dog and gradually find they have feelings they didn't expect-and don't want to own. Do they belong together, despite their differences, or should they move on to other people and other places? Artist Valerie Stephans has fled San Francisco following the death of her longtime partner Doreen Hawkins. She has embarked on a new life in Eureka, an historic community and artist's colony on California's scenic but remote North Coast. To make ends meet, Val decides to take in roomers, and as the novel begins, she opens the front door to a scrawny young woman with deep blue eyes who needs a place to live-and has more mental baggage than personal belongings. Locked in their landlord-tenant relationship, Val finds Gina Fortenham a mystery, and the reclusive tenant attempts to remain so. Why Val wonders, as do her lesbian friends, would a woman with a doctorate in English literature work as a waitress rather than teach college? And is she a lesbian? Eventually, Gina admits that she owes a sizable debt from a sexuality crisis and resulting psychotherapy in Tucson, Arizona, where she had been a graduate student. When the debt is paid, she plans on moving to San Francisco-which for an Illinois farm girl has always seemed the pinnacle of sophistication and where she hopes to teach and create her future. Sharing the same household brings Valerie and Gina into tentative intimacies which each fights to avoid. Val in her early 50s is a stable adult and would not involve herself in anything but a committed relationship. Gina, a 30-something and still sorting herself out, thinks that writing and teaching are her number one priority. Sensual experiences-long walks on the beach, a day of sailing on the ocean-bring a growing sexual attraction between them anyway. Yet they continually
|Publisher:||Outskirts Press, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)|
About the Author
Once married and the mother of an adopted daughter, she now lives with her partner and two toy poodles on Washington's Olympic Peninsula. North Coast is her debut novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a wonderful and very gentle love story. Even more than that it shows the love between women in a small town who share a bond as lesbians. It is a love story that grows and will remind anyone who has shared the emotions of a growing love of their own. You will love the read.
This is a good love story with believable characters and an interesting, well grounded setting of Eureka, California. Satisfying read. Especially good for a debut novel. Hope this author will write some more books.