Shivers, Louise Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail
London Collins 1983 000222738x / 9780002227384 First Edition Cloth Very Good+ in Very Good dust jacket
Illustrated by Bantock, Nick [cover]
Spine slightly slanted. DJ in protective Brodart plastic wraps. DJ edge a little sunned. A bright, attractive copy.
"North Carolina, 1937. A small town in tobacco country, where a good harvest meant the difference between getting by and starving. A town where people stayed put and newcomers were rare, a town heavy with the sweet scent of cured tobacco, 'the syrupy, musty smell like bodies making love in the heat'. Roxy, the wife of a struggling young farmer and mother of a two-year-old child, seems an almost unwilling participant in the dramatic events that she relates. 'I never have told anybody,' she confesses at the beginning, 'but I was sitting out behind the funeral home that day when Jack Ruffin walked up…Something about the colour of his hair on the grey day and the way he walked gave me a strange feeling right from the first moment I saw him.' The 'strange feeling' doesn't diminish when the wanderer in search of work is taken on by Roxy's husband to help on the farm, and currents of which Roxy herself is barely aware begin to form. Captured by the artless yet deeply revealing manner of her telling, the reader is drawn inexorably into the private tragedy and public scandal that overtake her."; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall