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Two Strand River

4.18  ·  Rating Details  ·  22 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
The reissue of a dazzling first novel from the acclaimed author of Hazard Zones and Light in the Company of WomenKeith Maillard's daring first novel is a compelling, entertaining exploration of men and women and children trying to sift through the shifting terrain of sexual identity and spiritual transformation. Set in the Vancouver of the early 1970s, it commemorates a he ...more
Paperback, 314 pages
Published October 1st 1996 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published January 1st 1982)
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Bill
May 21, 2011 Bill rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, lit-fiction, 2011
i am so glad i happened upon two of keith maillard's books in a used bookstore and bought them even though i had never heard of him before. i do that a lot actually.

because this is a great book. it's also kind of a weird book, by the author's own omission. it's largely about problems relating to sexual identity, as several of the main characters want to be the other sex than the one they are. normally this would not be the type of book that i would even read, never mind love and give five stars
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Magdelanye
Mar 24, 2016 Magdelanye rated it really liked it
can't remember exactly when I read this book, shortly after it. came out ( no pun intended)
I was impressed just by the fact that I had a casually intense relationship with the author who was best friends with the love of my life, and Keith was the first of that loose group to get mainstream publication. And of course it covered our life in Vancouver and seemed so representative of our burning issues.
I will need to read it again to see if it stands the test of time. Then, I found it profound and
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Josephine
Jan 18, 2015 Josephine rated it it was amazing
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What a fascinating book! It does not read like either a 35 year old book or a first novel, and that's the highest compliment I can pay anything. The short version is that it's about crossgendered romance, but that doesn't do it justice. Leslie is a boyish children's librarian of the female gender, who used to be an Olympic class swimmer but as she matured lost that edge of speed and is now not sure what she wants to do with the skill lacking the talent. Alan is a male hairdresser who is...effemi ...more
Ann
Feb 08, 2015 Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A ground breaking book written in the 1970s. For those like me who knew little or nothing about two spirit people, this book is a must read in a society in which so many people would define sexual orientation, what it is to be an authentic human person, especially those who reject the diversity of sexual orientation to the point of labeling those who are 'straight' male or female as the only God given way, and those who make the egregious error of calling those who are different sinners. We are ...more
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