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CLARA'S HEART.

Olshan, Joseph.

ISBN 10: 0877957444 / ISBN 13: 9780877957447
Published by New York: Arbor House, (1985.) dj, 1985
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Hardcover first edition - First US printing. The author's first novel, winner of The London Times/Jonathan Cape Young Writer's Award, the story of an extraordinary friendship between a young boy and a wise black Jamaican woman hired to care for him. Basis for the film of the same name featuring Whoopie Goldberg. Dustjacket praise by Ian McEwan, Gail Godwin and others. 312 pp. Fine in near fine dust jacket. Review copy with publisher's material and author's photograph laid in. Bookseller Inventory # 36678

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Title: CLARA'S HEART.

Publisher: New York: Arbor House, (1985.) dj

Publication Date: 1985

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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"An impressive novel... Clara's Heart is notable precisely because of the risks Joseph Olshan has taken that do succeed, not the least of which is its sensitive and often comical treatment of the unique love between a precocious American boy and a wise if tormented Jamaican woman."
-"The New York Times Book Review"

David resents the presence of a Jamaican woman, whom his parents have brought into the household following the death of their baby daughter. But the indomitable Clara will take no nonsense and resentment turns into a shaky friendship -- and this friendship turns into a rare and powerful form of love in Joseph Olshan's award-winning, internationally-acclaimed first novel that became the popular film starring Whoopie Goldberg. Rough and loving, Clara introduces David to a world richly textured with legend and magic. He learns her patois and becomes an honorary member of her social circle, mainly consisting of the ladies of Blanche's Beauty Parlor in Brooklyn.

"With its intricate characterization, a plot that weaves together two very different cultures, and a narrative enriched by fresh, often poignant dialogue, this is an extraordinary first novel."
-"Publishers Weekly"

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With its intricate characterization, a plot that weaves together two very different cultures, and a narrative enriched by fresh, often poignant dialogue, this is an extraordinary first novel. At its heart is the unusually close relationship betwen Clara, a Jamaican, and David Hart, who is eight years old when Clara enters his life. David's mother meets Clara in a Jamaican hotel, where the kind, wise woman is a chambermaid. The Harts are on a trip designed to lift Leona from the depression that has engulfed her since her infant daughter was found dead in her crib. Clara reaches out to Leona, soothing her in a way no one else has been able to, and the woman returns to Rye, N.Y., as the Hart's live-in housekeeper. Leona turns to spiritualism and philosophy to fight her inner emptiness, becoming estranged from her husband, who eventually moves out. It is then Clara who provides the only constancy in David's life. Yet the intensity of their friendship, and the dark secret of her past that Clara is determined to hide from David, creates an emotional chaos that is skillfully portrayed and finally resolved in this wonderful novel, which won the London Times/Jonathan Cape Young Writers' Competition. November 21
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