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When Delia Byrd packs up her old Datsun and her daughter Cissy and gets on the Santa Monica Freeway heading south and east, she is leaving everything she has known for ten years: the tinsel glitter of the rock 'n' roll business; her passion for singing and songwriting; and a life lived on credit cards and whiskey with a man who made big promises he couldn't keep. Delia Byrd is headed back to Cayro, Georgia, and for the first time in years, she knows what she wants - the two daughters she left behind a lifetime ago. Cayro, Georgia, is a world of truck farms and convenience stores, biscuit franchises and deep rooted Baptism. And, beneath this surface, caves: lost caves, known caves; caves called "Little Mouth" and "Paula's Lost"; caves where color explodes in the dark and where people have died and been buried; caves waiting to be mapped and explored. Cayro, with its red earth and kudzu, is the only terrain Clint Windsor, the man Delia ran from, and the two girls, Amanda and Dede, have ever known. And when Delia and Cissy reach Cayro, the past unfurls into the present, and Cayro, Georgia, becomes a more complicated place than any of them could have imagined.
"Alison's breakaway intensity and warm identification with her characters carry thin long book triumphantly over its repetitions and overemphases, producing an altogether wonderful second novel and, for its author, a giant step forward."
"[T]his novel simply isn't as taut and as sharply focused as its predecessor. Allison assigns all these characters, and minor ones as well, a bit too much to do....But given the tale's extraordinary vitality and wisdom, that's a small price to pay."
Dan Cryer, Salon, 03/09/1998
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Book Description: Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. New York: Dutton . First edition. First printing. Hardbound. New in dust jacket, very fine/very fine in all respects. A pristine unread copy. SIGNED BY AUTHOR on title page. Inscribed to "Dan.". Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # leaf32
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