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Mirrors [Kindle Edition]

Marianne K. Martin
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Mirrors is a very fine novel, well worth your time and treasure.”—The Bay Area Reporter“Marianne Martin is a wonderful story teller and a graceful writer.”—Ann Bannon“This is a novel of discovery that reaches into the deeply personal and well beyond. . . . Marianne Martin achieves new heights with this lovingly researched and intelligent novel.”—Katherine V. ForrestThey both have dedication. Passion. Commitment. No wonder Jean and Shayna are best friends. Jean Carson is a teacher, striving to make a difference to her students. Shayna Bradley is an attorney, determined to help lesbian mothers keep their kids. Shayna has her life under control, has things just how she likes it: her own law practice and a girlfriend and, always, her best friend Jean. For Jean, it’s different. There’s always Shayna. There are her students too but there’s also a husband, and he’s anxious for kids. She’s made excuses, but she knows it isn’t fair. She’s short-changing him, and she’s short-changing herself. She must find the strength to leave. And then she must find the courage to face facts: Shayna is more than a friend. It’s a new reality, and one that catches both women unawares. And when the school board learns of Jean’s “situation,” suddenly Jean and Shayna face greater risks to their happiness and their dreams than they ever anticipated. Dedication. Passion. Commitment. They may not be enough.Mirrors was shortlisted for a Lambda Literary Award when it was first published in 2001.

Editorial Reviews


...a great story of women's struggles with discovery, love, and career. -- Kelly Peters, Between the Lines

Mirrors is a very fine novel, well worth your time and treasure. -- Deborah Peifer, The Bay Area Reporter

From the Publisher

Marianne K. Martin is the author of the best-selling novels Legacy Of Love, Love In The Balance, Dawn Of The Dance, and Never Ending all published by Naiad Press. Among her varied careers, Martin has been a public school teacher, a photojournalist, an MHSAA basketball coach, a collegiate hockey coach, and a photographer. She has been active in athletics since childhood and has played and coached ASA fast-pitch softball for many years. Her other hobbies include building and remodeling, drawing, landscaping, and of course reading. She currently resides in Michigan, with an eye on southern sun.

Product Details

  • File Size: 429 KB
  • Print Length: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Bywater Books; 1 Reprint edition (August 17, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004T4LVME
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #491,244 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Heartwarming Soulgasm.. September 16, 2001
Marianne Martin's latest novel, "Mirrors", is the kind of literary prose that tenderly pulls at the strings of your heart and the deep recesses of your mind in regards to love, duty, and friendship. With her well-crafted ability to bring us into the very soul of her characters, Martin introduces us to Jean Carson; a special type of teacher that students look up to and who goes the extra mile to make a difference everyday in their lives. Jean's passion for her career and the stability of her life is upturned when she must face coming out after being in the comfort zone of a heterosexual marriage. Her struggle; a not so uncommon, yet life-altering one, is paralleled in the personal strife of a young, female student who is victimized from being seemingly different to her peers. Shayna Bradley is a confident, sharp lawyer with a sense of justice and a desire to help mothers and their children. Shayna is the kind of friend any woman would want in their back court, but when it comes to relationships work tends to run into over time and romance lingers on the sidelines. Despite this she is grounded in her loyalty to family and friends and drawn deeply to the needs of both. Intertwined by a cherished friendship and lined up together in the battle of conformity versus differentiation, Jean and Shayna must each view what is mirrored in the reflective pool of their hearts. Like soup, Ms Martin once again manages to warm the soul with a stirring, personal look at two women who share a similar consciousness. This is the type of good literature that delves deep, splinters and fragments into a thousand glass pieces for each reader to see a portion of themselves glimmering back from within its pages.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected gift October 3, 2001
By Candace
While reading MIRRORS, I found myself wondering; "Do I know these women? They could be my neighbors, my former teachers, the women at the next table in my favorite restaurant." The depth at which I got to know the characters made them as real as my own friends that I wish I could advise and console. And as with real friends, they followed their own sometimes surprising paths and drummed up courage I didn't know they had.
When I got this book as a gift, I wasn't thinking much past the generosity of the friend who gave it to me. After reading the book, though, I realized that the author also gave me a gift. That gift was the effort and painstaking attention to detail that Marianne Martin made in sharing these women with me. She put them in familiar territory and let me know that, often, my struggle with guilt, passion and courage is every woman's struggle. She reminded me that a rare, genuine friendship can survive the most uncertain and painful of situations, and that a soul mate will truly love you no matter how difficult you try to make it. We could all probably stand to be reminded of these things on occasion, and reading MIRRORS is by all accounts a great way to be reminded.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars coming out in the heartland October 1, 2001
Opening three years after the close of Dawn of the Dance, and set in a small city in Michigan, Mirrors focuses on secondary characters introduced in Dawn: high school teacher, Jean Carson and feminist attorney, Shayna Bradley. Mirrors is well written with realistic characters and depicts important, painful issues for gays and lesbians living in the more conservative regions of the country. Especially those with careers in public education. The novel opens with the new history teacher, Dan Sanders,being fired because the high school principal decided Sanders was gay. Sanders, we're told was not "obvious" nor had he behaved inappropriately to any of the students. Indeed he actually had students liking history. But teaching performance is not the issue. The principal doesn't want queers working for him. As in most of America there is no protection for gay teachers regarding discrimination in employment.
Jean is a thirty-something, physical education teacher. She has spent the last 12 years married to Ken and devoting her time and energy to her students. The latter has helped her avoid some realities about the former. Namely Ken's desire for children and Jean's reluctance for them. It turns out that Jean's avoidance of additional commitment to Ken is rooted in her ambivalence regarding her attractions toward women. This is especially true of her feelings for her best friend, Shayna. A relatively open lesbian attorney who specializes in assisting women in legal struggles, Shayna uses her work to avoid really committing to her girlfriend. Despite their years of perfecting defense mechanisms, neither woman is quite prepared for her feelings for the other. Feelings that grow as both disentangle themselves from dying romantic relationships.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heads Above September 26, 2001
By Kay
MIRRORS is the kind of story and Marianne Martin the kind of writer that raises this novel heads above the typical lesbian romance.
As a reader I want to know what makes characters tick. Martin understands that. She doesn't tell me that Shayna is a workaholic, she shows me what her days and nights are like and lets me into her head so that I understand why. She makes me feel the love between Jean and her husband and the guilt that Jean holds in her heart. I went to church with Jean and listened to the struggle that she has fought in her head since she was a young girl. These are not characters anymore, they are people that I know and care about. When a crisis arises that threatens their happiness and challenges their courage I worry, and find myself wondering what I would do if it were me in their shoes. All this because Martin knew how to put me right in the middle of their world. I want them to be happy, I want them to be courageous. And I don't know if either is possible for them until the last page of the book. That's why this is such a fine novel and Martin the very best in her genre.
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1.0 out of 5 stars nope
The Story feels rush, the pairing feels force and unrealistic.
Published 7 months ago by Alicia Riley
5.0 out of 5 stars She makes it look easy.
Marianne K, Martin did a fantastic job in this novel of tackling some very complicated social issues in a way that was engaging, believable, and easy to read.
Published 8 months ago by jennspoint
4.0 out of 5 stars I love Ms. Martin's work
I think I finished this book in two days! I love Ms. Martin's work. This book hits so many topics that many romantic stories leave out. Read more
Published 10 months ago by R. Meza
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Mirrors was well written and easy to read for the most part. The dialogue was occasionally confusing as the author didn't always make it clear who was speaking. Read more
Published on February 22, 2013 by KT
4.0 out of 5 stars The Short Of It.
Marianne K Martin writes a compelling story. I enjoyed Mirrors as I have enjoyed her other books. However, It's a very short book & I like longer stories. Read more
Published on May 17, 2012 by Bdoude
4.0 out of 5 stars More than a romance
A novel about so much more than two women falling in love. It's about forgiving yourself, accepting yourself, and overcoming your fears. Read more
Published on August 2, 2011 by Sandra
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-deserved Testimony
A well-deserved testimony to the teacher you wish you had, or the one you wish you could thank.

I'm reading Mirrors again and still finding reflections. Read more
Published on August 5, 2006 by Rubiereader
5.0 out of 5 stars Finely-drawn characters and a story with emotional resonance.
I've read many books by Marianne K. Martin -- Under the Witness Tree, Dawn of the Dance, Legacy of Love, and Dance in the Key of Love -- and I've enjoyed them all. Read more
Published on July 13, 2006 by Joan
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and Thought-Provoking Read...
From the Back Cover... "Dedication. Passion. Commitment. Best friends, Jean and Shayna, have each constructed their lives carefully. Read more
Published on January 29, 2006 by K. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotionally heart wrenching novel
This marvelous story is not told often enough. At the heart of the novel is the people who encompass the life of high schooler Lindy Dea. Read more
Published on January 10, 2006 by E. B. MULLIGAN
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A graduate of Eastern Michigan University, Ms Martin taught in the Michigan public school system for twenty-five years, has worked as a journalist and professional photographer, and coached both high school and collegiate teams as well as amature ASA teams. Her coaching career produced many Tri-County and MHSAA championship softball and basketball teams, and championship ASA softball teams. She was the founder of the Michigan Women's Major Fastpitch Association and its president for ten years. In 1973 she won the precedent-setting case in a Michigan court establishing equal pay for women coaches.

Ms. Martin is co-owner of Bywater Books and currently splits her time between writing and publishing.

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