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Lava

Lava

(1997)
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Memory and desire--and how the two can be mistaken for each other--are the themes of this magical novel set in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii. At the novel's beginning, Kinau says of her husband, gone five years and with another woman, "I could not tell if I was more possessed by Ivan's absence than by the man himself." But then a bizarre incident brings Ivan back, and a new chain of passion and leavetaking inevitably spins itself out.

Kinau's life is shaped by the stories and feral energy of her mother (a woman of many husbands) and by the always hovering and jealous presence of the gods. Revenge for a boy's accidental death calls for a bounty on sharks and results in a fishing frenzy. Tidal waves have wreaked havoc, and will again. A volcano carries its own portentous message. And finally, there is Hawaii itself, source of loss, risk, and possibly salvation.

 
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Hardback Editions

April 1997 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Lava
Author(s): Pamela Ball
ISBN: 0-393-04024-0 / 978-0-393-04024-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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Paperback Editions

March 1998 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Lava: A Novel
Author(s): Pamela Ball
ISBN: 0-8050-5776-5 / 978-0-8050-5776-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co (P)
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January 1980 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Lava: A Novel
Author(s): Pamela Ball
ISBN: 0-393-33336-1 / 978-0-393-33336-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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