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Dalva (1991) [Novel]
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Summary (From the publisher):

From her home on the California coast, Dalva hears the broad silence of the Nebraska prairie where she was born and longs for the son she gave up for adoption years before. Beautiful, fearless, tormented, at forty-five she has lived a life of lovers and adventures. Now, Dalva begins a journey that will take her back to the bosom of her family, to the half-Sioux lover of her youth, and to a pioneering great-grandfather whose journals recount the bloody annihilation of the Plains Indians. On the way, she discovers a story that stretches from East to West, from the Civil War to Wounded Knee and Vietnam, and finds the balm to heal her wild and wounded soul.

Original title: Dalva
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionHistoricalNorth AmericaTwentieth Century
FictionGeneral FictionTies That BindMultigenerational Sagas
FictionGeneral FictionRegional Interest

Edition #1: Dalva

Dalva (1991)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Harrison's storytelling instincts are nearly flawless...The people in Dalva reemerge as full-blooded individuals who almost incidentally embody much of the innocence, carelessness, and urgency that played so large a part in the settling of this country. Best of all, perhaps, are Mr. Harrison's descriptions of the land, the untamed deserts, plains, forests, and arroyos of what was once the Western frontier...tough but rhapsodic language." The New York Times Book Review
  • "Jim Harrison's Dalva is the story of a remarkable modern woman's search for her son...Harrison beautifully conveys Dalva's essential femininity...Dalva asserts that she has never been seduced, has always, subtly, done the seducing of lovers herself...Harrison's Dalva may well seduce you, too." The Los Angeles Times Book Review
  • "Entertaining, moving, and memorable...a cast of fascinating characters." Publishers Weekly
  • "Harrison's stories move with random power and reach in the manner of Melville and Faulkner." The Boston Globe
  • "Jim Harrison is a writer with immortality in him." The London Sunday Times
  • "Fascinating...a work of humor and a unified lament...Voices that cut through time and cross the barriers of culture and gender to achieve a work in chorus...there is no putting aside Dalva until the time bombs go off, the identities are revealed, and the skeletons almost literally tumble from the closets...Dalva is suspended in its own beauty...a book with trust and exuberance." Louise Erdrich, Chicago Tribune
  • " that rare fictional creation, a character whom the reader dearly would love to meet." The Washington Post Book World
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Manifested in:

Dalva (January 1991)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Washington Square Press
ISBN: 9780671740672
Dimensions: 8.28 x 5.43 x .90 in
Pages: 336

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