First Edition of Madeleine L'Engle's Certain Women; Signed by Her
Item Number: 25099
New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1992.
First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Madeleine L’Engle on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
In Certain Women, terminally ill David Wheaton, a prominent and much-married American actor, obsessively recalls an unfinished play about King David, a role he coveted. L'Engle explores faith, love, and the nature of God by framing the delayed-maturation story of Emma, Wheaton's daughter, within three subplots: the Wheaton family saga, the story of King David, and the history of the play's development. The characterizations of both Davids are compelling, but the primary interest here is the community of women that surrounds each man. L'Engle describes complex truths very simply, pointing out, for instance, that "Life hurts" and that if there's "no agony, there's no joy."