Publisher: Bella Books
The intimacy of a cabin at Lake Tahoe provides the combustible circumstances that bring Diana Holland and Lane Christianson together in this passionate novel of first discovery.
Originally published by Naiad Press in 1983, Bella Books is proud to bring the bestselling romantic lesbian novel of all time back to print. With multiple printings and translations worldwide, Curious Wine is an enduring classic and on everyone’s list of the very best in our literature.
[Originally posted on Amazon 6/14/06]
Curious Wine was part of the beginning of my lesbian book collection (having come out in the mid-80’s). It’s still one of my favorite lesbian romances after all these years. I am not one to re-read books much, but I do have a short list of select lesbian novels that I tend to re-read every 1-2 years. Curious Wine is on that list. (Along with one of Forrest’s other novels, Emergence of Green.)
As another reviewer mentioned, this is lesbian fantasy romance. It’s not terribly believable that two women meet, fall in love, and decide to devote their lives to each other in the space of three or four days. Normally that sort of thing irritates me in a book. But in this case, it doesn’t matter. The characters are so wonderfully drawn, their connection so profound, and the setting so beautifully detailed, that it all works in this singular book.
Curious Wine is historically important in lesbian fiction because of the time period in which the story takes place (1970s), and the time period in which it was published (early 1980s). Lesbian fiction was just starting to get a significant foothold back then with the help of publishers like Naiad Press. So even if you’re not a romance fan, it’s worth reading at least once just for that.
For romance fans, Curious Wine will likely hold an honored place on your bookshelf, to be taken down and read time after time. No lesbian home is complete without it.
Edited 12/2007 to add:
Something that I’ve been noticing a lot is that Curious Wine is one of the most mentioned lesbian titles in other lesbian novels. Patience and Sarah is probably the most mentioned title. I felt this was worth pointing out because it indicates the impact this book has had over the years, especially on other lesbian authors. And is yet another reason why everyone should read it at least once. ;)