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Cavedweller

Cavedweller

(1998)
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"Death changes everything." So begins Dorothy Allison's sprawling, ambitious and deeply satisfying second novel, Cavedweller. For Delia Byrd, Randall Pritchard's death in a motorcycle accident launches a journey of several thousand miles and almost two decades, bringing about a rebirth of sorts that's also a return to her roots. Years before, the handsome but untrustworthy rock star Randall helped Delia flee an abusive husband; Delia escapes physical danger but leaves her two small children behind. In California, her abandoned daughters haunt her dreams and preoccupy her waking hours, even as she sings in Randall's band and gives birth to another daughter, Cissy. But when Randall is killed in a motorcycle accident, Delia packs rebellious Cissy into a broken-down Datsun, bound for Cayro, Georgia, and the one thing that suddenly matters more than anything else--her abandoned children and the chance to be a mother to them once again.

Cayro's poverty is emotional as well as material; the town is a hard place, full of hard people. To them, Delia will always be "that bitch" who abandoned her babies, "that hippie" living a life of sin. Nonetheless, Delia forges a cruel bargain with her former husband: in exchange for Delia's agreeing to care for him as he dies, he gives her a chance to reclaim her daughters. Like Bastard out of Carolina, Allison's acclaimed debut novel, Cavedweller is a chronicle of rage, strength, and survival. Here, however, Allison is equally concerned with the redemptive power of love and forgiveness, and a novel that began with death ends on an unexpectedly sanguine note: "Yes, it's time for some new songs." There are no victims in Dorothy Allison's work; Delia triumphs through sheer force of will, bringing her family together despite the contempt of almost everyone around her.

The novel has its flaws, including occasionally flat-footed prose, but ultimately it makes compulsive reading and is populated by some of the most memorable characters in recent fiction: tough, prickly, flawed, and deeply human, Delia and Cissy are literary creations of the first rank. In describing the complicated emotions that bind and divide them, Allison demonstrates a profoundly unsentimental understanding of the way the human heart works. Cavedweller is the work of a mature artist, her best fiction to date.

 
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Used availability for Dorothy Allison's Cavedweller


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Hardback Editions

June 2008 : USA Library Binding
Title: Cavedweller
Author(s): Dorothy Allison
ISBN: 1-4395-0146-7 / 978-1-4395-0146-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Paw Prints 2008-06-26
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July 1998 : USA Hardback
Title: Cavedweller (Basic)
Author(s): Dorothy Allison
ISBN: 0-7862-1503-8 / 978-0-7862-1503-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
Availability: Amazon UK   

March 1998 : USA Hardback
Title: Cavedweller
Author(s): Dorothy Allison
ISBN: 0-525-94167-3 / 978-0-525-94167-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dutton Adult
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Paperback Editions

May 1999 : USA Paperback
Title: Cavedweller: A Novel
Author(s): Dorothy Allison
ISBN: 0-452-27969-0 / 978-0-452-27969-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books
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January 1999 : UK Paperback
Title: Cavedweller
Author(s): Dorothy Allison
ISBN: 0-349-11105-7 / 978-0-349-11105-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Abacus
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August 1998 : UK Paperback
Title: Cavedweller
Author(s): Dorothy Allison
ISBN: 0-349-11106-5 / 978-0-349-11106-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Abacus
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1998 : USA Paperback
Title: Cavedweller
Author(s): Dorothy Allison
ISBN: 0-9650387-2-6 / 978-0-9650387-2-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dutton
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Audio Editions

November 1998 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: Cavedweller
Author(s): Dorothy Allison
ISBN: 1-56740-280-1 / 978-1-56740-280-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Paperback Nova Audio Books
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March 1998 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: Cavedweller
Author(s): Dorothy Allison
ISBN: 1-56100-788-9 / 978-1-56100-788-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bookcassette
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March 1998 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: Cavedweller
Author(s): Dorothy Allison
ISBN: 1-56740-567-3 / 978-1-56740-567-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Unabridged Library Edition
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March 1998 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: Cavedweller
Author(s): Dorothy Allison
ISBN: 1-56740-763-3 / 978-1-56740-763-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nova Audio Books
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Kindle Editions

May 1999 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: Cavedweller: A Novel
Author(s): Dorothy Allison
Publisher: Penguin Books
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