Nanci Little's THE GRASS WIDOW is the tenderest of lesbian love stories, set against the harshness of Kansas in the 1870s. I cherish this novel, and have read it 4 or 5 times so far. With each visit, I find more to love. // Ms. Little's central characters are a young farmer, Jocelyn (Joss) Bodett, and her distant cousin from Maine, Aidan Blackstone, who comes to live with her. With no precedents for their feelings or their actions, they fall deeply in love. // These are young women of tremendous strength, who must find their own way in a world that challenges them frequently and severely. Yet they triumph with a resounding clarity of will, perseverence, and love. Through the strength of their love, they overcome both their harsh environment and their society's conventions and restrictions.// This book is reminiscent of the wonderful PATIENCE AND SARAH by Isabel Miller. If there is any justice in the world, it will become as beloved in the lesbian community as P&S, for it provides an even clearer look into another time and place, and its characters are even more wonderfully drawn. // This is an exquisite novel that is most definitely NOT to be missed.