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Orphan Game : A Novel


ISBN 10: 0688167780 / ISBN 13: 9780688167783
Published by William Morrow and Company, Inc. New York First Edition, 1999, 1999
Used Condition: Fine (F) Hardcover
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SIGNED BY AUTHOR, Signed by author Ann Darby directly on the title page. Appears unread, crisp, clean, bright and tight. First Edition, First printing. Now protected with Durafold unattached to jacket. Near fine book/Near Fine Dust Jacket. BEAUTIFUL copy. Satisfaction guarantee. 1st Novel. Beautifully written, wonderfully observed, and deeply felt, Ann Darby's haunting first novel marks the debut of an important voice in women's fiction. The Orphan Game tells the story of a young woman's passage from the troubled family she's longing to escape to the 'family' she struggles to create when she is forced into an early adulthood. Bookseller Inventory # 6479

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Title: Orphan Game : A Novel

Publisher: William Morrow and Company, Inc. New York First Edition, 1999

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine (F)

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed By Author

Edition: First Edition.

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A coming-of-age novel set in 1965 California tells the story of a young woman's passage from the troubled family she's longing to escape to the family she struggles to create when pregnancy forces her into an adulthood for which she is not prepared. A first novel. Tour.


"My parents died in a plane crash," one of us would say.
"My parents left me in a doghouse."
"I am the daughter of the Queen of England, and you are the Prince of the Moon."

This is the orphan game that Maggie Harris, her brother Jamie, and her sister Alison used to play when their troubled parents left them alone. Now these three must navigate not only their own fractured home life but the convulsive '60s as well. Set in Southern California, Ann Darby's debut novel juxtaposes domestic trauma against the relentlessly sunny backdrop of the suburban American dream--a dream, we soon learn, gone woefully awry. Jim Harris, a developer, is constantly sinking money into schemes that should make him rich but don't; his wife, Marian, barely keeps the family financially afloat working as a seamstress. Maggie, the oldest child, falls in love with her high school sweetheart, who is bound for Vietnam, and becomes pregnant. Before she can break this news, however, a fight erupts--with tragic consequences--and Maggie flees to the home of her mother's eccentric aunt, Mrs. Rumsen. Here she gradually realizes that even after you've blasted your life to smithereens you can still "gather up bits and pieces of the wrecked past and make something fine of them."

Darby tells this story from several different perspectives; though Maggie is the main narrator, we also hear from her mother, Mrs. Rumsen, and occasionally her brother and sister as well. The Orphan Game draws a telling portrait of a family already in crisis, living in a nation on the brink of one. Though Vietnam looms in the background, in this novel, at least, the real battlefield is in the characters' own backyard. --Margaret Prior

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