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Child of My Heart by  Alice McDermott - Signed First Edition - 2002 - from SmarterRat Books (SKU: 12691)

Child of My Heart

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Child of My Heart

by McDermott, Alice

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  • very good
  • hardcover
  • Signed
  • First
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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2002. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. Near Fine ; Very Good Jacket. 2002 Farrar, Straus and Giroux. SIGNED by author on half-title page. Not personalized. First Edition, stated. First printing. Full number line on verso. NOT Remaindered. NOT ex-library. Hardcover has red paper-covered boards with dark blue paper-covered spine and gold spine and cover lettering. 242 pages. Appears to be unread. Book is in excellent condition with only a hint of shelf wear at the spine ends. Pages clean and unmarked. Dust jacket has light surface wear at the corners and spine ends. Carefully packed, shipped in a box.


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On Aug 31 2015, The Old Library Bookshop said:
It's been a long time since I fell under the spell of Alice McDermott's masterful novel, "Charming Billy," and I had almost forgotten how enchanting a McDermott story can be. Then, recently, I read her short story about Sr. St. Xavier in a current edition of The New Yorker magazine and ran to the bookshop to get my hands on any and all McDermott novels I had missed. Like most of her stories, this book's characters are Irish-American Catholics of the 1950s and '60s. The story's narrator is Theresa, an exceptional teenager (almost unbelievably exceptional, the novel's only flaw as far as I was concerned). Theresa possesses not only exceptional beauty, but also a nature that endears her to everyone she meets. She has a special way with children and animals and spends her summers sitting for the children and pets of the Long Island upper crust. The novel encompasses one brief summer shared with Theresa's younger cousin Daisy. Theresa and Daisy both sense the the fragility of the happiness they share, as they conspire to hide the many bruises popping up on Daisy's tiny body. If there is such a thing as a sweet sadness, then this novel fills the bill to a tee.


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Child of My Heart
McDermott, Alice
Book condition
Used - Very Good
Jacket condition
Very Good
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Place of Publication
New York
Date published
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Fiction; Signed;

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First Edition
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The page bound on the left side of a book, opposite to the recto page.
number line
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shelf wear
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