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Bittersweet | [Nevada Barr]

Bittersweet

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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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    Josie Lindenow South, Australia 10-11-11
    Josie Lindenow South, Australia 10-11-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Imagine my surprise!"

    A delightful surprise to find the story of two women and their loving relationship set in the wild west in the 1870's. Lots of twists and turns, unexpected directions, and had me completely engrossed from start to finish. Obviously the author had done her homework well - history records many such relationships after the Civil War, and she has brought the characters to life beautifully. Equally brought to life by Linda Stephens reading the book, warm and characterfilled. What a pity there arent more like this!

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    Ann Jones 10-18-10
    Ann Jones 10-18-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Wonderful"

    This is one of the best novels I've read with lesbians as the main characters. Very sweet, heart warming and bittersweet. Well worth the cost.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Debra Toledo, OH, USA 06-17-10
    Debra Toledo, OH, USA 06-17-10
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    "Excellent"

    Simple and lovely love story. Harsh rugged life for two women who were willing to live a life removed generally from society so that they could be together. What they had to do to fool society so they could live that life. Violence in that one of the women was beaten by her husband. Lots of loss, especially regarding children.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Los Altos, CA, USA 11-14-09
    Cynthia Los Altos, CA, USA 11-14-09
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    "Romance"

    Thought it was good but way to long.

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    Meredith Philadelphia, PA, USA 08-09-05
    Meredith Philadelphia, PA, USA 08-09-05
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    "A bit long"

    I too thought that it was a bit drawn-out and that the characters could have been a bit more well-developed- particularly with regard to Imogene's past- and the relationship between the two women could have been more detailed, but I suppose that helps the book to appeal to the general public. One of this novel's strengths is that this ambiguity will help it appeal to a wider audience who would not normally be exposed to descriptions of the sort of true love described in the narrative. Large parts of the story are quite depressing, though!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tammy Millet, Alberta, Canada 05-23-05
    Tammy Millet, Alberta, Canada 05-23-05 Member Since 2011
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    "Entertaining enough."

    This story is very entertaining to listen to, although I would of prefered more relationship development between Imogene and Sarah. Overall a highly recommened listen!

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Nina Arlington, VA, USA 06-16-06
    Nina Arlington, VA, USA 06-16-06
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    "Lesbians in 1780s Nevada"

    While I really have enjoyed the Anna Pigeon series, this book was not to my taste. I think this was much more autobiographical, and I'm not really interested in lesbian relationships. If you are, maybe this will appeal to you. But it was too long and the ending was much, much too abrupt. The characters are clear, but they don't develop and grow as do those of someone like PD James.

    I listened to the whole thing, but I can't say I really enjoyed it.

    3 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Waterboro, ME, USA 01-28-06
    Lisa Waterboro, ME, USA 01-28-06
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    "Good book"

    This was pretty good...a female version of Brokeback Mountain I guess. Nevada Barr is an excellent author and I love her work, this is the only "ify" one in the 6 of hers I have listened to.
    I enjoy the person who reads them.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    KATHERINE KINGWOOD, TEXAS 10-23-06
    KATHERINE KINGWOOD, TEXAS 10-23-06 Member Since 2015

    Tell us about yourself! An Audible member since 2006 and a voracious reader always.

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    "Bittersweet"

    I was a Nevada Barr fan until this book....disappointing and distasteful.

    0 of 12 people found this review helpful
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