One Degree of Separation

by Karin Kallmaker

Friends, small town community, and a library career keep Marian Pardoo’s life in a safe, comfortable rhythm. Nobody knows she’s been carrying a torch for her married neighbor for years. Marian doesn’t want anything to change. Then Liddy Peel careens into her life and ignites a passion Marian didn’t know she could feel.

Liddy has run two thousand miles from a devastating love affair. The idea of spending the sweltering summer watching the corn grow is driving her mad. Finding herself lusting after Marian the Librarian seems like yet another cosmic jest – the only thing that keeps her sane is the coffee.

In a town where everybody knows the names of your exes and pets, and the dating circle is a series of changing partners, all eyes are on the breath-of-fresh-air Liddy. Marian has never been the fling type, but what if Liddy is? At least she’s not the ex of an ex. Maybe Marian does want her life to change–just for the summer, of course.

Big city, small town opposites attract in a hilarious, improbable romance that sets America’s Heartland on fire.





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Genre Romance
Length 206 pages
Publication Date September 15, 2003
Publisher Bella Books
ISBN 9781931513302e
Editor Christi Cassidy


  • Featuring Marian the Librarian in River City (a.k.a. Iowa City), in a long, hot summer where anything can happen.
  • Fans won't want to miss the follow-up short story in Frosting on the Cake 2: Second Helpings.
  • Read the appetizer! Click to open a PDF in a new window.


Midwest Book Review
Kallmaker's romp through the lesbian community in a Midwestern College town is entertaining, sexy and touching. While One Degree is one of her most lighthearted novels, Kallmaker taps readers on the shoulder with a few well-placed political observations. She illustrates the realities of public library employment and points out a frightening aspect of our post-9/11 world, i.e., the Patriot Act and its assault on privacy and the free access to information... The "square dance" of lesbians working together and loving each other in a small community will be a familiar theme in the lives of many readers. Kallmaker calls these dances with compassionate understanding, a taste for irony, and a deliciously wicked wit.

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