The Young in One Another's Arms
"Make no mistake about it--Jane Rule is one of the best writers we have."--Margaret Laurence
"Lesbian identity itself is not so much subsumed into the community as kept whole within it . . . not singled out as an angle of vision any more or less valid than others."--Marilyn Schuster, Feminist Studies
Jane Rule's 1977 novel The Young in One Another's Arms is set at the end of the Vietnam War in and around a boarding house in the Kitsilano neighborhood of Vancouver. Ruth, a middle-aged woman accustomed to tragedy in her own life, cares for the young and changing boarders of her house as a mother and guide.
First published by Doubleday and reprinted by The Naiad Press, The Young in One Another's Arms is about communities and the differences between people that allow them to come together. Race, gender, sexuality and politics are reappearing themes among the characters. Young defectors from the American war gather in the house, barely able to articulate their bewilderment at life's challenges. In Rule's sparse but generous prose, the players dance around each others' lives, moving fluidly, loving, maturing, finding solace or heartbreak, each one touching the lives of all the others. The author's passion for life and stoic sensibility are evident on every page. It's a warm, sophisticated novel celebrating life in all its diversity.
The novel, one of the first ever to depict lesbians in a positive light, won the Canadian Authors Association Best Novel of the Year Award in 1978.
With an introduction by novelist Katherine V. Forrest, author of Curious Wine and Daughters of a Coral Dawn.
Little Sister's Classics is a new series of books from Arsenal Pulp Press, reviving lost and out-of-print gay and lesbian classic books, both fiction and nonfiction. The books in the series are produced in conjunction with Little Sister's Book and Art Emporium, the heroic Vancouver bookstore well-known for its anti-censorship efforts.
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There was no point in imagining, after all this time, that she could teach Willard to
talk. The unnatural quiet in the house was prelude to what living would come to
be. Without Clara, without the buffer of young people between them, Ruth ...
Ruth was afraid of old Mr. Weedman, maybe not so much now that he lay in bed,
one side paralyzed by a stroke, unable to talk. He didn't seem to her crazier now
than he had just weeks ago when he was a strong, upright man because he ...
"Talk to the man in the car there," he directed, "the one talking to that other one."
As Ruth looked where her attention was directed, she saw Tom turn away from
the police car and start up the walk. "Tom!" If he heard her, he did not
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - KarenIrelandPhillips - LibraryThing
This characters in this novel are simultaneously mired in loss, turmoil, and the politics of the war in Vietnam, yet at their best come together, almost ethereally, to form a tight-knit family, if an ... Read full review
The Young in One Another's Arms (Little Sister's Classics)User Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Dating back to 1966 and 1977, respectively, these are the first two volumes in the publisher's new "Little Sister's Classics" series of gay and lesbian literature. Each includes appendixes of additional info on the work, the author, etc. Read full review