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Author Name:    ROOKE, Leon

Title:   Fat Woman. First American Edition in dustjacket

Publisher:    Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1980, ISBN:0394516427 

Seller ID:   101114

ROOKE, Leon. Fat Woman. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1981. First American Edition. Pp (12),[3]-179,(3). 8vo, black paper-covered boards, with black glossy title on front board, black cloth spine, lettered in silver. A8a. His eighth book and a title nominated for the Governor-General's award. This edition is slightly revised from the Oberon release of the previous year. LeonRooke (b. September 11, 1934, Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, emigrating t o Canada in 1969) is a renowned short story writer, novelist and playright."Leon Rooke tells a love story ot a special kind - a wisely wrought portra it of the sturdy aftections ot two warm-hearted, country people, the mammoth Ella Mae Hopkins and her abiding husband, Edward, the man as skinny as the woman is fat, as resourceful as she is helpless to resist her ravening hunger. A gentle confusion comes suddenly to inhabit Ella Mae s house. The intruder is Edward's recent secretiveness. Even their boys, Ike and Theodore,seem newly furtive, as if they too scheme against her. Meanwhile, Ella Mae eats and dreams - fearful when Edward is not underfoot, not to be found on the job at the freight yard. Is it a sign that her steady surrender to fat has at last driven him forever from her? For in her deepening shame, Ella Mae would never suspect that Edward busily devises the means of her deliverance, a project conceived in purest devotion - but one that misses the unutterable point.? How can Ella Mae ever confess that she does not long to be transformed into the unspeakably slim Bette Wiffle, nor to brim over with get-up-and-go in the fashion of Winnameer Riser? Aren't women like that meant to paired with men like Preacher Eelbone and J ack Coombs, personages first, last, and always? Yet neither is Ella Mae willing to succumb to disgrace - like her neighbors, the prideless, shiftless Joyners. What Ella Mae wants is only to preserve her rightful estate in life and to be freelv what she so abundantly has become. Most of all, she needs to feel the lost wonder of Edward's lifting her again, precious Edward lifting her aloft, strong Edward raising her up - ever so lightly, with all the gusto and comforting approval once rampant in his arms. A first novel of expressive poise and sweet comprehension, Leon Rooke's Fat Woman gives eloquent testimony to the Ella Mae Hopkins in so many of us - creatures yearning to be taken up just as we unalterably are, all our burdensome particularities in place, but who,in the absence of what only God can do, must yield to the lesser, no less loving, devices of man." - from the dj Very good in slightly toned unclipped dustjacket with a couple of tiny stains to rear panel. 30.00


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