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Terminal Velocity Kindle Edition

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Length: 272 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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This novel follows the adventures of Ellen, the narrator of Blanche McCrary Boyd's previous, Lambda Literary Award-winning novel, The Revolution of Little Girls. In this fast-paced romp, Ellen leaves her husband, changes her name (to Rain), takes drugs, and lives in a radical lesbian commune. Boyd's wry take on the 1970s feminist movement will be a fun read for people who didn't live through those years and wonder what they were like. There's a lot of snappy dialogue, and Boyd has fun playing with clichés about the women's liberation movement.

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... the unlikely Ellen Burns (is) seemingly a happily married heterosexual, who will soon take a new lover and a new name. As it crisscrosses the country, Boyd's story moves from comic high jinks through seduction, betrayal and finally violence with a speed that at times feels dizzying. Indeed, before Ellen's reinvention is over, she will have lived the life of a fugitive on the run, witnessed a suicide attempt, received electroshock therapy in a mental ward, tried her hand at skydiving, attended Alcoholics Anonymous and worked on a late-night soap opera about "a Gone With the Wind-type family and their friendly, happy slaves." -- The New York Times Book Review, Andrea Barnet

Product Details

  • File Size: 339 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; 1st Vintage Contemporaries Ed edition (May 4, 2011)
  • Publication Date: May 4, 2011
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004JHYKA6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,657,187 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 13, 1998
Format: Hardcover
As far as I can see, this is the by far best novella about feminism/lesbianism/roughing it that I have ever had the pleasure to read. I stumbled across it in a bookstore (no, really, I tripped and fell on it) and started reading that very moment. I had the paperback, which, in my opinion, had a better cover than that of the hadcover. It took me all of an hour to finish Terminal Velocity. Ms. Boyd was really on to something when she wrote this novella. My favorite scene was the Tree of Life on the hotel floor. If I may be so proud, I'd say to any and all (lest the faint-of-heart swoon dead away) Read This Book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 13, 1999
Format: Paperback
"Terminal Velocity" is a brilliant mix...hysterical lines, precocious characters, soul wrenching emotions. I've read it at least 5 times, and I have never had a book affect me so deeply. The truth in the plot and experiences becomes evident through eloquent writing, unbelievable experiences, and almost tangible characters. And beyond all that, the book has the capability to make one feel as if the author is actually intending to bring out your deepest desires and strongest fears! Unforgettable book, to say the least.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 26, 1997
Format: Hardcover
"Terminal Velocity" makes good on its title. From page one to finish, McCrary Boyd hauls you from Boston to hell and back, relenting only during gear shifts, when her main character Ellen Larraine (a.k.a. Rain, Evelyn) waxes lesbo-profound, blacks out on drugs or engages in spiritual sex with her cohorts, all of them as extreme, confused and real (well, surreal) as herself, if not as crazy. These ladies' ballsy sex and lawlessness outdo what derelictions we see these days, and possibly any that ever occurred among feminist extremists in the late 60s and 70s. But their dialogue falls weary, especially towards the end, when Ellen (back to her real name) finds AA and God. Perhaps meant to be self-mocking, the characters in "Terminal Velocity" coin empty truisms like, "Language is just a way to move your mouth," which McCrary Boyd uses to punctuate the plot. These phrases annoy, but highlight the futility of the whole revolutionary shebang... In spite of all the warring with society, each other and their own inner selves, intended to settle some score, the women bleed relationships, kill marriages, chase their children to religion and dizzy themselves for life. Constant in its painfully lucid account of tripping--of every kind--Terminal Velocity is great to read. Just don't read it with a hangover
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