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This is an auction for THE GROWING SEASON by Joy Cowley.

This is a *** SIGNED *** and inscribed copy of the book.

The inscription reads; "For Des, who always observes the best in my writing and kindly overlooks the worst".

"James Crawford, a New Zealand farmer, is 58 and dying of leukemia. Sons Eric (taciturn family man) and Dave (skirt-chasing lazybones) react by escalating their never-ending feud over farm chores and modernization plans. Citified daughter Zelda comes home--her marriage is shattered--and, though externally unrecognizable, reassumes the role of sarcastic family peacemaker. And James' wife Mary refuses to accept the disease's inevitability, staying up all night ironing, putting her faith in miracles and herb teas. The dying man himself is perhaps the least convincing figure in this stark, moody domestic landscape--rather too stoical and dignified, though Cowley wisely lets him be weak enough to not be able to shoot himself and spare the family the last terrible days. And, while some of the tangential moments here resonantly round out the book's shape--Dave's senseless killing of Eric's daughter's pet calf, the robust arrival of James' plainspeaking, ne'er-do-well brother--others are weighted so heavily as to distract (like Dave's foolish pursuit of a classy dancer). Still, the hospital and farm milieus feel absolutely right, and so do almost all of the restrained, lifesized moments that happen in them."
- Kirkus Review

About the Author: Joy Cowley is a much-loved, multi-award-winning New Zealand author of more than 600 titles. She is famous in the United States as the author of the Mrs Wishy-Washy series.

Hardback 1978.

208 pages.

Good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95 (ordinary post) or $6.95 (tracked mail). If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

Payment within seven days, please.
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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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