Carol LeMasters - July, 1999: Her insightful portrayals of the young, hot-headed Teresa and the tormented Rayann pull us in immediately, and her descriptive powers are impressive. One of the most haunting scenes occurs in the gay male bar in which Teresa and Rayann have their first sexual encounter. Kallmaker brilliantly uses the eruption of passion between them to explore the complex ways in which lust and pain, guilt and rage, can intermingle.Bay Area Reporter
Touchwood, 1990 - Kallmaker has a sure sense of the power of language and of the power of eros. The two are combined in scenes that left me gasping ... with pleasure. Touchwood ... is a wonderfully written, wonderfully entertaining novel. That it addresses, with wisdom and compassion and delight, the most profound questions of who we are and how we define ourselves, is an extra gift, one to be treasured and enjoyed.
Watermark, 1999 - Of all Karin Kallmaker's very fine novels, Touchwood is my favorite. Watermark, a sequel ... may even be better. This is a rich, compelling, wonderful novel, one that will live long in your memory and your heart. .