Terminal Velocity
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Terminal Velocity

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"In 1970 I realized that the Sixties were passing me by. I had never even smoked a joint, or slept with anyone besides my husband. A year later I had left Nicky, changed my name from Ellen to Rain, and moved to a radical lesbian commune in California named Red Moon Rising, where I was playing the Ten of Hearts in an outdoor production of Alice in Wonderland when two FBI ag...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published May 26th 1998 by Vintage (first published 1997)
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Ferociously paced, Terminal Velocity delineates six wonderfully engaging characters: Artemis Foote, for whom being rich, talented, and beautiful is a kind of game; Jordan, a messianic fugitive who becomes Ellen's lover; Amethyst Woman, a Marxist/Leninist dentist; Ross, a red-diaper baby and now a columnist for Ramparts; and Pearl, an art history professor turned hippie. At the center of this vortex is Ellen, prior to her transformation happily married and a rising young editor at a genteel publi...more
One sentence impression: Radical lesbian love movement unveils a triangulated romance entangled by lives of mystery, flux, and lies.

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Worst Miss: Jordan's letter to Rain about the "Thin-Skinned Princess" had me rolling my eyes. A poor and pathetic attempt at prose...more
Caroline Ryder
There was something a little chirpy and magaziney about the writing...absurd contexts (humping cauliflower patches while on acid, for instance) detract from the emotional narrative a little. The central characters are classic white liberal radicals, privileged, over-educated, and under-exposed to reality, so it's hard to take them and their self-created dramas too seriously, especially if you find those kinds of people annoying in real life. Anyone who has found themselves exposed to "lesbian dr...more
This book is probably one of the best-kept secrets in modern literature. Apart from being witty and, at times, utterly hilarious, it also has a heart. You are charmed by the bumbling ways of the ladies at Red Moon Rising. It takes a look at radical feminist culture at its height and you will enjoy every minute of it.
Much more about the thing wedge between bipolar disorder and the disorder of the 60s than lesbianism. I am not recalling as well as I would like The Revolution of Little Girls, but I am too in a different place as Boyd obviously was when she wrote this.
ok...radical lesbians of the 70's struggling with love, sex, drugs, failure, insecurities and life (aka "the meaning of"). Lots of lesbian sex and drugs. I have to admit it made me interested in dabbling in a few of the "unmentionables," though. (Heh, heh...)
I finished the book. At least I did that. It kept me interested. I'll give it that much. I think my problem with this book is the characters. I don't know if the reader is supposed to be irritated with them, but I sure was.
Nov 12, 2007 Tatiana rated it 4 of 5 stars
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i recommend reading this with 'the revolution of little girls' they both intersect in great ways, but this is the superior book in my mind. so unbelievably funny at times.
Fun romp around the feminist movement of the 70s. Skewers a lot of the pomposity of feminism.
Funny and engaging writer. Sort of depressing near the end, but I guess that's just life.
Jun 17, 2007 Joy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: hippies
Made me want to live in a commune and grow my own food and smoke a lot of weed....
A slice into a life that I will never lead, but makes for an interesting read.
Rebecca Lawrence
Very interesting story
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