Originally published 2016-09-21: IN EVERY PORT: A womanizing woman pretends not to be a lesbian in Karin Kallmaker’s In Every Port
I don’t know how it’s possible, but this was my first Karin Kallmaker book.
Anyone who knows lesbian fiction is familiar with the name. She’s written a lot of books, with 24 unique titles (including novels and anthologies) to her name according to Goodreads. She’s kind of a big deal.
This is one of those books my wife has had for years in storage that I have recently unearthed and decided to read. I wasn’t sure whether I was going to like it, but I thought I’d give it a shot, since it seems my wife has almost every Karin Kallmaker book ever written.
Jessica has it all. An expensive condo in the city of dreams, San Francisco. A high-powered, prestigious career as a management consultant that takes her all over the country… To passionate Roberta, in Chicago. To delicious Marilyn, in San Antonio. To all those cities and all those willing women Jessica has recorded in her well-used little black book.
Sex with these women doesn’t really mean a thing, Jessica tells herself. It’s all just good times. Because she is not really a lesbian. No, of course not. Her sexual adventures are merely keeping her occupied until she decides to settle down … with a man.
Then she meets Cat, the alluring young hotel executive who lives across the hall from her new condo. What is Jessica to make of her chaotic feelings, her yearning — and yes, her deepening love — for the sensuous, captivating Cat, who offers entrancing friendship, but nothing more?
Color me surprised. Even though this book took a while to get into (the main character had a strange way of referring to herself), I really enjoyed it once it hooked me. It’s the classic story of a woman refusing to admit what she knows about herself – that she’s a lesbian – while she’s having affairs with women.
That’s right. Not one woman – multiple women. One in every city she travels to on business; that’s where the title comes in. But she thinks she’s straight… until she meets her new next door neighbor and starts falling for her.
In Every Port by Karin Kallmaker gets four of five stars for being funny, smart, and having a pride rally (including none other than Harvey Milk) and march woven in really well. I highly recommend it to anyone who has been living under a rock like me.
This is book #18 on my quest to #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks.
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