Lambda Book Report
Her insightful portrayals of the young,
hot-headed Teresa and the tormented Rayann pull us in immediately,
and her descriptive powers are impressive. One of the most haunting
scenes occurs in the gay male bar in which Teresa and Rayann have
their first sexual encounter. Kallmaker brilliantly uses the eruption
of passion between them to explore the complex ways in which lust
and pain, guilt and rage, can intermingle.
Deborah Pfeiffer, Bay Area Reporter
Kallmaker has a sure sense of the power of language and of the
power of eros. The two are combined in scenes that left me gasping
... with pleasure. Touchwood ... is a wonderfully written,
wonderfully entertaining novel. That it addresses, with wisdom and
compassion and delight, the most profound questions of who we are
and how we define ourselves, is an extra gift, one to be treasured
Of all Karin Kallmaker's very fine novels, Touchwood is
my favorite. Watermark, a sequel ... may even be better.
This is a rich, compelling, wonderful novel, one that will live
long in your memory and your heart.