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Desert of the Heart by Jane Rule
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May 26, 2012

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I was surprised that this book was written in 1964. It feels more assured and less “furtive” than it should for that date. The story is strong and the book is at its best when it is detailing the blossoming romance between Evelyn and Ann. Rule is also great at describing places and she gets a real sense of Reno and its environs. Where I think the book is weak is when Rule allows herself to indulge in poetry and stretches her prose a bit too far. She can also be polemical and sometimes the forays onto her soapbox seem shoehorned into the narrative. For all that, I enjoyed it because Ann and Evelyn are such strong characters.
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