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Spalding, Linda

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ISBN 10: 1559720085 / ISBN 13: 9781559720083
Published by Birch Lane Press, New York, 1989
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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8vo. Quarter red cloth over black boards, with white spine titles. 218 pages. SIGNED by the author on the title page. Illustrated dust-jacket has price intact. Bookseller Inventory # 1164

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Publisher: Birch Lane Press, New York

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First American edition

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Kansas-born Jess marries Paul and removes with him to the sultry paradise of Hawaii to challenge Paul's haunting past. All goes well until an act of disloyalty exposes Jess to the mythical beliefs of Hawaii, and she discovers the true weight of her husband's betrayal and heritage. The author weaves a chilling tale of old memories, secrets, and a clash of cultures--with an undercurrent of peril throughout .

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The haunting tone and exotic ambience of this first novel draw the reader through the subtle, mysterious story to a shockingly swift denouement. Kansas-born Jesse Quill, trailing her own emotional emptiness, and her husband, Paul, are living on the site of his ancestral homestead in Hawaii, where they are desultorily engaged in raising their young daughter. The island's ancient culture, with its pantheistic galaxies, invades their lives in the person of a 14-year-old child-woman, the sensuously abandoned Maya, who is the cause of Paul's infidelity, the knowledge of which brutally raises Jesse from her complacency. As Jesse unravels the murky history of Paul's parents, she discovers that Maya's mother is not only Paul's sister but had also engaged in a similar scenario with his father. Against the age-old belief that sexual union within the first degree of consanguinity is not only licit but also an extraordinary empowerment from the gods, Jesse's struggle to retain Paul is doomed. The lush island flora against which theculture clash unfolds is stunninglyevoked in a mesmerizing, chilling tale.
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