Violet Clay had come to New York City from Charleston to take the art world by storm. But nine years, many affairs, and thousands of drinks later, the reality of her shadow life is made clear when she is fired from her job as a freelance illustrator. That same day, she hears that her beloved Uncle Ambrose, an unsuccessful writer, has shot himself.

As Violet collects the shattered pieces of her uncle's life, she is forced to face herself and her own tattered dreams. And what she discovers is that she has just been going through the motions of living. She's not even sure she can do anything else. But she's in her mid-thirties and knows she still has time to try again. If she succeeds, she will have broken from her family of dreamers forever and can deservedly claim both the rich rewards and frustrating adversities of the artist's life....

Genre: Literary Fiction

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August 1978 : UK Hardback
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Title: Violet Clay
Author(s): Gail Godwin
ISBN: 0-575-02505-0 / 978-0-575-02505-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Littlehampton Book Services Ltd
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May 1978 : USA Hardback
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Title: Violet Clay
Author(s): Gail Godwin
ISBN: 0-394-42655-X / 978-0-394-42655-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House
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December 1995 : USA Paperback
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Title: Violet Clay: A Novel
Author(s): Gail Godwin
ISBN: 0-345-38993-X / 978-0-345-38993-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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June 1987 : UK Paperback

Title: Violet Clay (Pavanne Books)
Author(s): Gail Godwin
ISBN: 0-330-29995-6 / 978-0-330-29995-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Pan Books
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February 1986 : UK Paperback
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Title: Violet Clay (Contemporary American Fiction)
Author(s): Gail Godwin
ISBN: 0-14-008220-4 / 978-0-14-008220-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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January 1983 : USA Paperback
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Title: Violet Clay
Author(s): Gail Godwin
ISBN: 0-446-30567-7 / 978-0-446-30567-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grand Central Pub
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August 1982 : UK Paperback
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Title: Violet Clay (Pavanne Books)
Author(s): Gail Godwin
ISBN: 0-330-26844-9 / 978-0-330-26844-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macmillan
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1979 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Violet Clay
Author(s): Gail Godwin
ISBN: 0-446-91079-1 / 978-0-446-91079-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Warner
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