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Contract with the World

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In Contract with the World, the setting is Vancouver, and the time is the mid-1970s. Told from six different characters' points of view, the novel describes the intersection between artistic motivation, personal fulfillment, and sexual politics. A portrait painter, a sculptor, a sound musician, a would-be writer - these characters make choices, as Rule's title suggests, th ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by Insomniac Press (first published September 28th 1980)
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This novel almost reads like a series of connected short stories. Each chapter focuses mainly on one character, but we also see all the other characters in how they interact alltogether.
There is gentle Joseph, who despite his own fragile mental health helps to hold the others togehter. Alma, the queen, who is so entertaining one can't quite hate her the way one wants to. Allen and Mike, both tougher than nails with very real weaknesses, and Carlotta and Roxanne who seem to be almost too far rem
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Jane Vance Rule was a Canadian writer of lesbian-themed novels and non-fiction. American by birth and Canadian by choice, Rule's pioneering work as a writer and activist reached across borders.

Rule was born on March 28, 1931, in Plainfield, New Jersey, and raised in the Midwest and California. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Mills College in 1952. In 1954 she joined the faculty of
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