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Best-selling author Nevada Barr delights contemporary mystery fans with novels like Deep South and Blood Lure. In Bittersweet, she departs the mystery genre for a touching story of hardship, perseverance, and love in the old West. When strong-willed schoolteacher Imogene Grelznik is forced from Philadelphia by scandal, the only position she can find is in rural Pennsylvania. There she meets Sarah, a beautiful young student whose bright light of potential is on the verge of being extinguished by her father's arrangement to marry her off to an abusive, unfeeling man. Branded as lovers, Imogene and Sarah must flee to Nevada amidst suspicion and accusation. In a place of utter desolation, the two women struggle to love and care for each other as they seek freedom from prejudice and intolerance.
Bittersweet showcases Nevada Barr's powerful storytelling and strong, compassionate characters. Linda Stephens' heartfelt narration captures all the emotional depth of a story featuring life at its harshest, and at its most beautiful.
© Nevada Barr; (P)Recorded Books
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Critic Reviews

"Barr has drawn on women's diaries from the Old West to bring detail to this unusual romance. The result is an intriguing story, sensitive and authentic-sounding, and far different from what is usually considered a Western novel." (The Miami Herald)
"The novel...is tender and gentle in its exploration of commitment between two women, especially in days when females were expected to live out their narrow lives doing exhausting work and obeying their husbands." (St. Paul Pioneer Press Dispatch)
"A solid, unabashed piece of writing that glows with authenticity." (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
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By Louella Blankenship on 10-06-07

A Perfect Title for a Lovely Book

As with all of Nevada Barr's work, she creates a world that one wants to live in for as long as possible. I've been a fan or her Anna Pigeon series for a long time and approached this book with a little trepidation, knowing that the format and style would be completely different. My concern was unwarranted. This is one of the loveliest books I've ever read. Indeed, there is discomfort and unpleasantness, but her characters are so believeable that you push through the pain to find redemption. These characters will live in my memory for a long time.

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By M. McGuire on 03-20-06

Good, but not what I expected

Overall I liked the content of the book. I REALLY wish the relationship between the two women was more detailed. I am a lesbian and found
myself always hoping more passion would be revealed, but thought the time period may be partly responsible. It is fairly depressing, but hey, life back then wasn't a peach! :) I definitely recommend it and hope Audible adds more to their gay/lesbian list.

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By Paul on 05-13-08

Bitter more than sweet

The description of the world really sucks you in. The details of the world the characters inhabit become very real, with some truly excellent description. The feeling of women being of less value than a good horse, and are mere child bearing devises to be used and discarded as pleased by the ?men folk? is palpable.

Where the book fails however is in the description of the relationship of the two principles. You never really get to understand why they are so drawn to each other; other than they just are... it seems so much time is taken with the description of mundane items such as the daily chores that no time is left to actually get under the nails of the relationship the two women share.

The great thing about the mystery thrillers she writes are in those the stories are driven by the detail of the environment without focusing too much on the individuals ? here however the story should be about the individuals and less so on the environments

The book definitely dwells more on the bitter than the sweet and not one for people looking for an uplifting story

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