Kim Chernin, right, and her wife, Renate Stendhal, at a reading and book signing for "Lesbian Marriage: A Sex Survival Kit" in 2014 at the Mesa Refuge, in Point Reyes Station.    David Briggs

Kim Chernin, a prolific author who explored the modern woman’s search for self-identity, died on Dec. 17 of Covid-19. She was 80 years old.

Kim radiated a childlike openness, without judgment or fear. Her embracing attitude made her love others, and be loved, wherever she went. She lived the twilight of her life overlooking . . .