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Lowry, Beverly

ISBN 10: 0670822450 / ISBN 13: 9780670822454
Published by Viking Penguin Publishing, 1988
Used Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Highly praised author's fifth novel, about the Caldwell family with two teenaged children who have left the city rat race and moved to the Texas Hill Country to raise quarter horses only to face severe hardships for each of them. Very nice copy, a first edition with a full number row, tightly bound, read very carefully if at all, no names or other markings except for the author's signature on the title page. The dJ is also fine, not price clipped, not edgeworn, bright and clean in a mylar sleeve. Bookseller Inventory # 002794

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Publisher: Viking Penguin Publishing

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Cloth/boards HB

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First American Edition

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A compelling portrait of the disintegration of the members of the Caldwell family, who have retreated to a horse farm from the city rat-race and their painful struggle to confront the problematic relationships they share

From Publishers Weekly:

Lowry's fourth novel features well-educated, attractive Hale and Diana Caldwell, who live in the Texas hill country where Hale breeds and trains racing quarterhorses and Diana gardens assiduously. Dynamic and well-organized as the Caldwells appear to be, their family life is in acute crisis. Their son Roger has dropped out of college and works as a cook in California; daughter Bethany is on probation in a residential program for teenagers, having participated in a car theft. Hale's business is overextended, and he is drinking heavily. Diana, her academic career and extramarital affairs equally unsuccessful, is painfully conscious that she and Hale have failed to become the perfect parents they set out to be. In clear, measured prose Lowry copiously and meticulously describes the Caldwells gardening, cooking and caring for their horses, but this contributes little to our understanding and becomes tiresome. There are good sketches of minor characters, lifelike dialogue and a gripping conclusionbut the reader's interest is seized too late, and the final drama does not substitute for lack of depth, coherence or a commanding voice.
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