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RULE, Jane. The Desert of the Heart. Toronto : The Macmillan Company of Canada Limited, 1964. First Printing. Pp. (6),7-,(1). 8vo, maroon cloth, silver lettering to spine. Jane Vance Rule, b. March 28, 1931, Plainfield, NJ; d. November 27, 2007, Galiano Island, BC, a trailblazing American-born Canadian novelist. This is her first novel. First state dustjacket, with Ann Childs' character misspelled as "Anne" four times. "Evelyn Hill was middle-aged, a teacher. Her married life had been a failure. To all outward seeming the fault had lain with her husband. But could she be certain this was so? She had come to Reno for her divorce. And in the boarding house, run byFrances Packer, she had found first loneliness and boredom -- and then the company of young Anne Childs. Anne worked at Frank's Club, one of the nume rous gambling casinos that comprise Reno's major industry, and against thisraffish background, and in particular in the company of Silver, the tall l esbian who was unashamedly in love with her, she preserved somehow, as Evelyn was rapidly to discover, a seemingly childlike innocence. From the startAnne aroused in her a challenge to her whole previous life that was profou ndly disturbing. All her background cried out that the emotion she felt forthis girl must be denied, yet her instinct told her to reverse. Could it, once she was certain that the affection was mutual, lead to anything but disaster? Against the harsh background of the Nevada desert and the life of the casino the drama of these two women's lives moves to its inevitable climax. The scandal spreads, the divorce which had seemed a routine matter, becomes suddenly in jeopardy. For Anne there is no question of choice. But forEvelyn? In this unusual first novel, Miss Rule does not shirk an issue whi ch a few years ago would have scarcely even seen the light of day." - from the dustjacket. Very slight spine roll, expunged name to front pastedown (hidden by front flap), else very good in bright dustjacket. A nice copy. 60.00
Title: Desert of the Heart. First Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher: Macmillan, 1964,:
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