Opal on dry ground: a novel

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Villard Books, Jun 7, 1994 - Fiction - 279 pages
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"RICH, COMPLEX, AND COMPELLING (Ms. Scofield explores the twists and turns all the daughters must survive as they struggle toward independence." --Dallas Morning News Opal has done the best she knew how in raising her two daughters, Clancy and Joy. But that doesn't stop her from worrying about them even when they are finally under her roof again. Clancy has just been left by her second husband and is so depressed she can barely stay awake. Joy, brittle in her loneliness and desperate about her teenage daughter, can't decide where her loyalty lies--with her mother, her daughter, or herself. And Opal is still mourning the sudden death of her aged mother, killed in a flood. Opal has always bailed out the women in her family when despair rains down. But as troubled waters recede, she must learn to let go and live.... "A novel whose plot, like a vast open sky, is enlivened with a fireworks display of colorful, twisting, brilliantly rendered emotions." --The New York Times Book Review "Sandra Scofield writes with authority, and her characters are warmhearted, well-intentioned, likable, more sinned against than sinning--ordinary, hard-working folks trying to make it through the day." --New York Newsday From the Paperback edition.

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Sandra Scofield's first novel, "Gringa," was nominated for the First Fiction Award given by the American Academy & Institute of Arts & Letters & was selected by the NEA/USIA for a 1990 New American Writing Award. Her second novel, "Beyond Deserving," was underwritten by a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts, was hailed by critics around the country, & was a finalist for the 1991 National Book Awards. Sandra lives, & works, in southern Oregon.

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