Unusual Company by Margaret Erhart

cover of the book Unusual CompanyUnusual Company by Margaret Erhart
Genre: Fiction
Copyright Year: 1987
Published: 1987
Publisher: Dutton Adult
Format: Hardcover
No. of Pages: 225
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ISBN: 9780525245674
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From Publishers Weekly This soul-searching first novel explores a young woman’s physical and spiritual odyssey, a passionate journey that eventually leads her to maturity and self-acceptance. Franny is still naive at 22 when she becomes infatuated with Claire, an elusive older woman. The two live together for several months in a cramped Manhattan studio apartment. But despite their shared sensibilities and intense communions, they are driven apart by Franny’s possessiveness and Claire’s ever-increasing need for solitude. Franny moves out West and acquires other lovers, all of them women. Living in the woods of northern California, she eventually establishes an easygoing companionship with Esther, an old school chum. Later, in Santa Fe, Franny has many affairs, sustained by a new-found inner strength that allows her to ‘love all women,’ as Claire once said she should. Erhart’s characters are plagued dramatically by longing, nostalgia and loneliness, and they all tend to take themselves just a little too seriously. Nonetheless, their conversations and sexual encounters are vivid, honest and interesting. Nowhere in the book is lesbianism brandished aggressively; in this female world men simply recede innocuously into the shadows. Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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