Synopses & Reviews
Laura Izmani is starting over. Wiping her feet of her family, her past and her bad habits, shes determined to create a new life and career in sleepyand very privateWoodside, California. Wealthy and famous families need home-cooked meals just like everybody else, and with several introductions and certain job in her pocket shes determined to succeed as a private chef.
Only two things matter to Helen Baynorher children and her career, in that order. She divides her time between home and New York and pays handsomely to make sure there are no gaps in watchful care over her kids. Its not ideal, but as an aging stage actress, she cant afford to let any Broadway part slip through her fingers.
Two very different reasons bring Laura and Helen to the Beach Boardwalk for a symbolic ride on The Cyclone, the biggest, baddest roller coaster on the west coast. The same day, the same hour, the same first car...for the ride of their lives.
Karin Kallmaker is a three-time winner of the Lambda Literary Award for both novels and short stories, as well as numerous other accolades over her twenty-year devotion to lesbian romance.
Two very different reasons brought Laura Izmani and Helen Baynor to the Beach Boardwalk for a symbolic ride on the biggest wooden roller coaster on the west coast. They part strangers, but only after sharing an experience that shifted both of their lives onto new tracks.
Their paths cross again decades later when Laura interviews with Helen to become the private chef for the Baynor household. Given what Laura revealed during that fateful coaster ride, shes relieved that Helen seems to have forgotten her.
Fiercely protective of her children, Helennow a famous stage actress and widow with teenaged twinsdivides her time between home in a sleepy California enclave and the bright lights of Broadway. Continuing her carefully managed life until her children leave for college is all she wants.
Their first roller coaster ride together may turn out to be only a prelude...
About the Author
Karin Kallmaker's lesbian fiction novels include the Goldie and Lammy award-winning 18th and Castro, Just Like That, Maybe Next Time and Sugar and span lesbian romance, erotica and lesbian fantasy/speculative fiction. Translations include Spanish, French, German and Czech. More than five dozen short stories have appeared in anthologies and collections from numerous publishers. Her writing career began with the venerable Naiad Press and continues with Bella Books and includes more than two dozen books. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her partner and their two children.