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The Orphan Game

A novel by

Beautifully written, wonderfully observed, and
deeply felt, Ann Darby's haunting first novel
marks the debut of an important voice
in women's fiction.
The Orphan Game tells the story of a young woman's passage from the troubled family she's longing to escape to the "family" she struggles to create when she is forced into an early adulthood.

As the war in Vietnam escalates and as brush fires are blackening the California foothills, the Harris family shatters and its members are driven to find new ways to live with one another. With an intimacy immediate and true, The Orphan Game portrays the powerful love that not only can bind a family, but can also break it apart.

Set in a quiet Southern California town in 1965, a town where the rules of the fifties haven't quite departed and the new mores of the sixties are fast encroaching, this rueful tale is told in the intertwined voices of three women: Maggie, the young woman struggling to define herself; Marian, the mother who must relinquish her; and Mrs. Rumsen, the childless great-aunt who cares for Maggie when her mother can't. As each woman tells her tale, it becomes clear that each has, in her own way, played the orphan game--taken the risk to leave home, to claim her life, and, above all, to be loved.


Used availability for Ann Darby's The Orphan Game

Hardback Editions

October 1999 : USA Hardback

Title: The Orphan Game: A Novel (G K Hall Large Print Book Series)
Author(s): Ann Darby
ISBN: 0-7838-8749-3 / 978-0-7838-8749-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: G K Hall & Co
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December 1998 : USA Hardback

Title: The Orphan Game: A Novel
Author(s): Ann Darby
ISBN: 0-688-16778-0 / 978-0-688-16778-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow
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Paperback Editions

April 2000 : USA Paperback

Title: Orphan Game, The
Author(s): Ann Darby
ISBN: 0-688-17782-4 / 978-0-688-17782-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarpPeren
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