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Owning Jolene

Shelby Hearon

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ISBN 10: 0394571754 / ISBN 13: 9780394571751
Published by Knopf, 1989
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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New York: Knopf (1989). First edition. First printing. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. A clean, tight copy. Comes with mylar dust jacket cover. Shipped in well-padded box. Smoke-free shop. Inscribed by author as "Shelby" to Prior owner in 1989 on front end paper. 0.0. Bookseller Inventory # LW-1787

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Title: Owning Jolene

Publisher: Knopf

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition....

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NY 1989 1st Knopf. 8vo., hardcover. Fine in Fine DJ.

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Writing with her usual sensitivity aug mented by a larky comic strain, Hearon has created her most appealing heroine in what is arguably her best novel so far. From the time she was seven, Jolene Temple has been a pawn between her feuding parents, each of whom has become practiced in kidnapping her from the other. She has been left emotionally suspended between two philosophies of life: that of her stolid, conventional father, "always saving for a rainy day," and of her recklessly adventurous mother, "always saying she enjoyed a little shower." Having adopted a different disguise each time her mother stole her away, at 19 Jolene is still unsure of her real identity; she is at ease only in acting a role. When she meets bland L. W. Dawson, she thinks he holds the answers to her quest to be "normal." Meanwhile, however, she has been posing for, and has become the mistress of, middle-aged, twice-divorced artist Henry Wozencrantz, who has much to teach her about facing life without running away. Set in present-day Texas of oil-bust hard times ("the whole state is claiming Chapter Eleven"), the novel delivers wickedly funny, incisive social commentary as well as vivid, quirky characters as outsized as the Lone Star State. Hearon ( Five Hun dred Scorpions ) has hit her stride with this delightful, provocative story.
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