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The Resource Bittersweet, Nevada Barr

Bittersweet, Nevada Barr

Label
Bittersweet
Title
Bittersweet
Statement of responsibility
Nevada Barr
Title variation
Bitter sweet
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Two lesbian lovers from Pennsylvania take on frontier Nevada in the 1870s, escaping from the double trouble of sexual double standards--in a non-explicit Sapphic western, with the emphasis on some bizarre pioneer coping. Imogene Grelznik, a "giantess" in loneliness as well as physique, has been driven from her teaching job in Philadelphia because of "immorality." So Imogene relocates to the remote town of Calliope, Pa., where one of her pupils is Sarah--sweet child of an autocratic, greedy father and overworked mother; Imogene encourages Sarah to paint, expands her horizons. But then Sarah's married off at 16 to farmer Sam Ebbitt. ("Marriage isn't to like or not to like," says Mother, resigned toter of Woman's Burden.) And though Sarah's not unwilling--sex promises to be rather fun--Sam considers a woman's pleasure in the act "whorish" . . . and beats Sarah to a pulp. Even worse beatings follow when Sarah defends Imogene (whose scandalous past is revealed); Sam disowns Sarah, takes possession of baby Matthew. Now Imogene, loving Sarah helplessly, must nurse her back to health both physically and mentally: they flee to Reno, Nevada, where happier days ensue. Sarah cares for little half-breed Wolf, a tot sired by roughly good-looking Nate Weldrick; the women teach in a good private school. Still, after Wolf's shadowy death, muddled Sarah thinks of marrying Nate as a crazy kind of expiation--so Imogene carts her off to "Round Hole," where they manage a carriage-stop in a godforsaken arid waste. And eventually, with help from gentle loner Karl Saunders, the women undertake the most daring exploit of all: there'll be an unusual marriage and the homecoming of six-year-old Matthew (Sam has died) before the bittersweet end
Summary
Teacher Imogene Grelznik protects her pupil, Sarah Tolstonadge, from her abusive husband, and the two fall in love but have to move from Pennsylvania to Nevada to stay together
Storyline
Tone
Character
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167552
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3552.A73184
LC item number
B5 1999
Literary form
fiction
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Target audience
adult
Label
Bittersweet, Nevada Barr
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Publication
Copyright
Note
  • Originally published: New York : St. Martin's Press, c1984
  • "An Avon book."
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
6264005
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First Bard Printing.
Extent
362 pages (softcover)
Isbn
9780380799503
Lccn
99094880
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Label
Bittersweet, Nevada Barr
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • Originally published: New York : St. Martin's Press, c1984
  • "An Avon book."
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
6264005
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First Bard Printing.
Extent
362 pages (softcover)
Isbn
9780380799503
Lccn
99094880
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n

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