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Jane Rule (1931–2007)

Author of Desert of the Heart

18+ Works 2,428 Members 25 Reviews 4 Favorited

About the Author

Includes the names: Rule Jane, Jane Rule

Works by Jane Rule

Desert of the Heart (1964) 594 copies
Memory Board (1978) 247 copies
Lesbian Images (1975) 196 copies
This Is Not for You (1970) 184 copies
After the Fire (1989) 164 copies
Outlander (1981) 157 copies
A Hot-Eyed Moderate (1985) 140 copies
Contract with the World (1980) 133 copies
Against the Season (1971) 130 copies
Taking My Life (2011) 28 copies
Loving the Difficult (2008) 22 copies

Associated Works

The Penguin Book of Lesbian Short Stories (1993) — Contributor — 294 copies
Lesbian Love Stories (1991) — Contributor — 136 copies
Aphrodisiac, fiction from Christopher Street (1980) — Contributor — 125 copies
The Oxford Book of Canadian Short Stories in English (1986) — Contributor — 112 copies
The Mammoth Book of Lesbian Short Stories (1999) — Contributor — 89 copies
First Love/Last Love (1985) — Contributor — 85 copies
The New Oxford Book of Canadian Short Stories (1986) — Contributor — 72 copies
The Oxford Book of Stories by Canadian Women in English (1999) — Contributor — 29 copies
Best Bi Short Stories: Bisexual Fiction (2014) — Contributor — 23 copies
The Oxford Book of Canadian Ghost Stories (1990) — Contributor — 19 copies
All in the Seasoning (2002) — Contributor — 19 copies
The Other Woman: Stories of Two Women and a Man (1993) — Contributor — 18 copies
Inside Stories I (1987) — Contributor — 10 copies
Sinister Wisdom 14 (1980) — Contributor — 5 copies


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i have a really hard time with jane rule, it would seem. i really don't like her writing style. at all. it feels so clunky and convoluted and i have to reread sentences to know what she is saying. then sometimes she comes out with these little moments of great writing. i want her to be consistent.

this story had potential, i felt. commune style living in the late 70's, but i never cared about any of the characters at all. i wasn't invested in any of their stories or in the community they were creating. it was unforgivable, having tom almost rape mavis. and he had been the most likable character up until that point. i don't know why she threw that in. she was trying to make this sort of utopia across gender and race (and sexual orientation, but that was mostly unmentioned), which i can appreciate. but i didn't like the book, unfortunately.… (more)
overlycriticalelisa | 3 other reviews | Jun 29, 2022 |
The film, Desert Hearts, is much better, although the book has a better ending and the characters are more fleshed out in the book.

This is a very dense, philosophical book. It just gets bogged down and it's only 225 pages. It also a different ending than the movie, which I found interesting. But, other than that, stick to the movie.
EdGoldberg | 10 other reviews | Feb 28, 2021 |
Subtle, philosophical, beautiful, hopeful. Characters I was curious about and frustrated by, that I argued with and rooted for. So much better than the movie (Desert Hearts) that it's kind of ridiculous.
elenaj | 10 other reviews | Jul 31, 2020 |
This is the story of twins, David and Diana who have been estrange for decades because David's wife could not accept Diana's same-sex relationship with Constance. David, now widowed, reconnects with Diana whose long-time partner, Constance, is suffering from memory loss. There is not much action in this book, but I really liked the writing and the way David's and Diana's stories were told. Their reunion brings old memories to the fore, just as Constance struggles to remember what is happening in real time -- this contrast explores the role of memory in identity and in relationships. The characters are so real!… (more)
LynnB | 4 other reviews | May 5, 2019 |



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Jackie Kay Introduction
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