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New York : Picador, c1980.
1st Picador ed.
219 p. ; 21 cm.
Originally published: New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 1980.
The story of Ruth and her sister Lucille, who grew up haphazardly. The family house is in the far west town of Fingerbone. Ruth and Lucille's struggle toward adulthood touches themes of loss and survival, and the undertow of transience.