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Crossings was Betty Lambert's only novel; published by Pulp Press in 1979, it was revolutionary for its frank and unsettling portrayal of Vicky, a female writer in Vancouver in the early 1960s, an educated and intelligent woman who struggles to come to terms with herself as she navigates an emotionally abusive relationship with Mik, a violent logger and ex-con. Their physical, often violent affair offers an honest and unflinching look at relationships and female suffering. The book caused a furor when it was first published, and in fact was banned from some feminist Canadian bookstores. At the same time, it was widely acclaimed by critics and writers, including Jane Rule, who wrote: "This portrait of an artist as a young woman should stand beside Alice Munro's Who Do You Think You Are and Margaret Laurence's The Diviners as a testimony of the courage and cost of being a woman and a writer." Out of print for more than twenty years, this new edition of Crossings will introduce this Canadian classic—and remarkable writer—to a new generation of readers. Includes an introduction by novelist Claudia Casper ( The Reconstruction and The Continuation of Love by Other Means ).
Publisher: 2012
ISBN: 9781551524320
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Sep 24, 2012

Much like the previous comment regarding this book, I think we fail to realize in my Y generation how much has changed and how much still needs to change. How fitting it it to read this book soon after Rep. Todd Akin invented "legitimate rape". In Crossing on page 217, the Vicky narrates: "And his hand came up and covered my mouth and nose and eyes. I could feel his other hand getting all the bits and pieces off me and then trying to spread my legs. I clamped them together, and his hand went away. I'd always read that no one could be raped if she didn't really want to be...". A book worth reading.

May 01, 2012

Set in 1960s Vancouver Vicky Ferris is a writer and 27 year old recent divorcee. She lives in a house in Vancouver with a rotating cast of friends, artists and family until Mik O'Brien moves in. Mik is large and coarse and soon the two begin a romantic, violent affair.

A non linear, often disorienting story that really exposes the problems faced by women and artists of the time.

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