Title THE BOX GARDEN.
Publisher McGraw-Hill Ryerson, Toronto, 1977, first edition.
Seller ID 20802
213 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0070825475 The award-winning Canadian author's second novel. "Until events run wildly out of hand, Charleen Forrest manages to cope with the uncertainties of a failed marriage, trying to liv e her own life and raise a son on her frugal income. She is not unaware of the hazards: 'family, banktellers, exhusband, landladies, bus drivers....men on the make who want her to lie back and accept (this is what you need, baby), friends w h o f e e l sorry for her'. Her resourcefulness is a delight; her uncanny observations and surprising irony reveal a witty, wry edge that is apt to make you laugh out loud. The occasion is her widowed mother's second wedding and it leads to po ig na nt se lf -d is c overies as human foibles and self-deceits are exposed with startling clarity. Delicate and bittersweet, the story offers a warm and joyful kinship with the sublimely self-denying mother, critical of her own wedding cake ' 'i t's a lit t le dry , i f y ou ask me' - the debonair teen-age niece who shocks the minister by telling the truth about her aunt, the bridegroom who reveals his own surprises and the lovers who discover that they have already found in each other wh at e ach was v ain ly s eeki ng.. .." Previous owner's bookplate with blacked out name on free front endpaper, minor edge wear, bump at top rear corner, very small bump at top front corner. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling, several sma ll ed ge t ears - o ne w ith c rease , cre ases at top of flap-folds, light rubbing on rear panel. Very Good-/Very Good-