Touchwood 30th Anniversary Edition – Paperback


Touchwood 30th Anniversary Edition by Karin Kallmaker

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The Story...

  • Fleeing the ruins of her life and relationship, Rayann Germaine rents a room from bookstore owner Louisa Thatcher. Decades older, Louisa offers shelter and work—and eventually passion that takes them both by surprise.

    Falling in love, and into bed, turns out to be the easy part. Rayann’s mother disapproves of a liaison with a woman her own contemporary. Louisa’s son blames Rayann for revelations about his mother’s past and present that he does not want to accept. Friends universally agree that it can’t last.

    These doubts would be easier to withstand if Rayann wasn’t already worried about sustaining the interest of a fascinating woman with a lifetime of experiences. Louisa isn’t sure she has any right to lay claim to the future of a much younger woman. Their only common ground seems to be the searing attraction that they can’t deny.

    The 30th Anniversary Edition of this classic includes restored scenes, the author's foreword, and short story "The Curve of Her."

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Author's Notes
  • How can it be thirty years since the love story of Rayann and Louisa made its way out into the world? Half my brain accepts that events of that time are ancient history now, but the other half feels like I wrote this story merely “a while back.”

    It’s strange to realize that an age-gap romance I wrote in part to claim history for an older lesbian is now itself a step back in time for the younger woman’s world view as well. As I revisited it I fell for them both all over again. If you don’t know their story, I truly hope you will fall for them as well.

    It was a pleasure to add a foreword that sets the stage for the Gay 90s and provides some history on how this novel even made it to print — it nearly didn’t! Best of all, I got to add back deleted scenes, making it truly “the author’s cut.” There’s also a follow-up short story that has finally been united with its inspiration, giving Louisa the final word.

    As I was preparing this new edition I was struck by how much the world had changed - and not changed - in the 30 years since its publication. One such musing was about what Louisa would have liked in today's world. After being able to marry Rayann, I concluded Louisa would have loved Gentleman Jack. I wrote all about that for Bella Books. rainbow circled plaque by LGBT Civic Trust reading "Anne Lister 1791-1840 of Shibden Hall, Halifax. Lesbian and Diarist; took sacrament here to seal her union with Ann Walker Easter 1834" Photo courtesy of AstronomyBlog

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