Hawkes, G. W.

ISBN 10: 187844882X / ISBN 13: 9781878448828
Published by Denver: MacMurray & Beck, (1998.) dj
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. The author's first novel (following two collections of short stories), set in the Carolinas. SIGNED on the title page. 222 pp. Fine in fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 57128

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Publisher: Denver: MacMurray & Beck, (1998.) dj

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Joseph Carl Taft is a boy with a distinguished name and a remarkable ability-- he can see into the future. But his ability is a heavy burden to bear, especially for a boy who cannot speak. But Semaphore is about more than language and the ability to move beyond one's own time. This achingly beautiful novel is also about misunderstandings and the terrible weight of fear.

Semaphore is being released simultaneously with Surveyor, Hawkes' novel about two old friends, their magical and mysterious desert home, and the sudden shift in terrain that alters both their sense of place and the structure of their friendship.

Surveyor is being released simultaneously with Semaphore, Hawkes' achingly beautiful novel about misunderstandings and the terrible weight of fear.


Joseph Taft has never spoken, though there's no reason why he couldn't. Instead, he has visions, fragments that come to him unannounced and with no explanation of their meaning; yet not even Joe with his foreknowledge can stop the inevitable. After glimpsing an image of his sister, Louise, drowned in a swimming pool, Joe steals a dump truck and fills in the neighbor's backyard pool--in vain, as it turns out, since water-loving Louise dies later in another neighborhood pool designed exactly like the first.

In silence, Joe survives his teen years, learns a trade, and marries Luce. The visions continue, sometimes coming to fruition, other times fading. And in the darkness of a vision in which he raises an axe against his own wife, Joseph bears the burden of truth and the fear that he can't share with any of those who love him. Hawkes pursues the dark side of fortune, the side that illustrates the saying "Be careful what you wish for." --Susan Swartwout

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