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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0684846942, Paperback)Familial dysfunction defines this Price effort--his first experiment with a first-person narrator in a full-length novel. Kate Vaiden is left parentless as a child when her father fatally shoots her mother and then himself. As an adult, Kate attests, "I'd caused their deaths." She isn't the only one in such a predicament: her mother's mother died in childbirth, and the father of her child was raised an orphan. Trapped in a self-defeating cycle, Kate forever seeks stability, only to flee when it gravitates within her reach. This rich Southern tale, which won a National Book Critics Award in 1986, is slathered with Christian themes of guilt, salvation, shame and, occasionally, triumph.
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At a crucial moment in middle age, Kate Vaiden wishes to locate her only child, a son, whom she abandoned when she was 17. As she looks back over her life, her unconventional story unfolds.
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