Beyond All Desiring

Beyond All Desiring

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Award-winning novel Beyond All Desiring reveals the deep secrets of Sara, a woman who was "different" in a time of conformity. When Sara's niece, Janice, is notified that her sharp-witted aunt, now in her 80s, hasn't been seen for several days, Janice's panicky drive to find out what's happened begins our journey of discovering that Sara has led a life very different from what her relatives and friends assume. Historical events of the 20th century form a backdrop to Sara's often tumultuous personal life, which we follow from Trenton, NJ, to Washington, DC. As Sara visits a museum exhibit about Buddhism, we learn of her two marriages, the first to an abusive man and the second to a kinder man involved in top secret projects, who develops a bizarre illness. We discover Sara's long but secret love relationship with a woman. And we learn of hidden booklets that hold the key to yet another secret. Judith Laura's writing in this novel is stylistically innovative, realistic and magical, erotic and spiritual. Beyond All Desiring received top honors in the Ulysses Awards, and finalist awards in the USA Best Books Awards and Media Darlings Awards, 2006.
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  • Paperback | 242 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 13mm | 361g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0982819749
  • 9780982819746

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..".a fantastic book that looks into the life of a woman who didn't conform to the rules of society in her time....A wonderfully realistic story about a woman who's the odd one out in her family but in the end is the one who makes a major difference in their lives."--Rosie Bindra, Fresh Fiction

"Beyond All Desiring by Judith Laura is the tale of Sara Lyons, a unique individual. Events shaped Sara's life: the depression, the McCarthy era, and many private actions. . . .Sara Lyons was an exceptional person, but no one in her family ever knew it. Beyond All Desiring is a beautiful story written by a talented Judith Laura. The plot has several twists and turns that kept this reader involved. Ms. Laura has a flair for giving each character a distinct voice. Well done! I highly recommend Beyond All Desiring to fans of fiction." --Anne Boling, Readers' Favorite

"As one would surmise from the title, sexual desire does play a significant role in [Beyond All Desiring]... Also a common thread...was perception and the need to achieve fulfilment "beyond all desiring" for some of the characters in the book, including Sara. "-- Robin M. Buehler, The Compulsive Reader

"It's a good book, with strong characters driving it."--Rachel Pollack, award-winning author of Godmother Night

"Though there are many twists and turns in this book's story-line, it's not just the plot that makes it stand out...but also the way the author tells the story and the wonderful depth of the characters. And the passages...where the line between what we think of as 'reality' is crossed briefly, and in a way that we feel is 'normal'. Beyond All Desiring is a terrific read, an unusual book about an unusual woman."--Internet Book List

"I was wonderfully surprised to learn that this kind of strange, uppity, retired accountant turns out to have lived a life full of challenges, loves, and secrets. . . . Well written."--Donald S. Ellis, Creative Arts
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