One Degree of Separation

by Karin Kallmaker

Big city girl in a small town—Liddy Peel has culture shock.

Marian Pardoo, Reference Librarian for the Iowa City Public Library, would be happy if the woman she’s loved for years wasn’t already married. Annoyed by the thoughtless out-of-town Liddy, she isn’t prepared for the seething passion that erupts when Liddy careens into her meticulously controlled life.

Liddy has run two thousand miles from a devastating love affair. Now 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 at her hopeless love life. The only thing that keeps her sane is the coffee.

In a town where everybody knows your name, the names of your exes, pets, and your third grade teacher, Marian is thankful that she and Liddy at least don’t have an ex-girlfriend in common.

One degree of separation is too close for comfort.

A hilarious, erotic and insightful story of a close-knit community in America’s Heartland from master storyteller Karin Kallmaker.





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Genre Romance
Length 206
Publication Date September 15, 2003
Publisher Bella Books
ISBN 9781931513302e
Editor Christi Cassidy
Cover Designer Bonnie Liss


  • 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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