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Two Strand River

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  20 ratings  ·  2 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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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
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
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