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THE TRUE LIFE STORY OF ISOBEL ROUNDTREE.

King, Kathleen Wallace.

ISBN 10: 0874832632 / ISBN 13: 9780874832631
Published by AUGUST HOUSE. LITTLE ROCK 1993, 1993
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First Edition. Close to fine in dj. (NO sunning to orange hue on spine. Tiny trace of foxing at top edge) ) Author's FIRST book. (LC). Bookseller Inventory # 6738

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Title: THE TRUE LIFE STORY OF ISOBEL ROUNDTREE.

Publisher: AUGUST HOUSE. LITTLE ROCK 1993

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First Edition.

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Tells the story of the Roundtree family and the colorful characters that inhabit southern Indiana in the 1960s

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A debut novel of enormous and pugnacious charm in which the narrator--a ten-year-old girl living with her combative parents on a Kentucky-area hog farm--observes, absorbs, and surmounts the tearing needs and angers of adults, all with a cool savvy. The happy ending she should have--happens. It's 1963, and as Isobel and her father, Prince Roundtree, cringe in the TV's blue light, her mother, Clematis, the beautiful, redhaired, tantrum-flinging, would-be singer and dancer--who lived ``her own fast life in her head''--slams out again. The next time Isobel sees her mother is in ``Sin City,'' where she and Dad gaily go to see Clematis perform in a ``nightclub''--i.e., strip joint. Isobel (who sneaks in) notices that her mother's eyes, when she sees her child, and Dad's eyes both ``filled up with that lost-in- the-wilderness look.'' It's in Sin City that Isobel, lost, lands in the police station, and there meets the six-foot-three Emma Swallow, a vagrant at 29, with silvery eyes and picket teeth. Until Emma shows up at the hog farm (at Isobel's invitation), home is grim and sad; there's also Isobel's fear of a drifter--the ``cat man''--who hangs around asking for Clematis. But while Emma doesn't do stupendous magic when she takes over as housekeeper (she'd promised to turn a policewoman into a toad), she is clean, almost pretty sometimes; Dad is happier; and things are settling down-- when back comes Mother. Before long there's a bombshell blowup, a near-suicide, fire, death, and, for Isobel, some special private knowledge about who she is. A small, happy pleasure in spiky regional diction, with a loamy humor as King suggests a child's world of rich colors and fevered fairy-tale giants, and moments when ``the world stopped while you took the picture.'' -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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