Notes: One of three novels written by Carolyn See, her former professor and partner Mark Espey, and See's daughter, Carolyn, under the Monica Highland pseudonym.
This historical novel, set in Los Angeles, follows a refugee from China, an immigrant from Mexico (Magdelena Ortiz), and a white transplant from the East Coast, from the 1880s to World War II.
Both Lisa See and her mother Carolyn have written many popular and acclaimed novels. Espey wrote novels, literary criticism, and several bibliographies of decorative publisher's trade bindings.
Edition + Condition: First edition (first printing). Very good in a very good, lightly spine-faded dust jacket with a small chip missing at the top of the spine. This copy was inscribed for Edgar Award-nominated writer Mark Schorr, by all three authors, each of whom signed as Monica Highland followed by their real names. The inscription references Schorr's main character, Simon "Red Diamond" Jaffe:
"Someday the seductive granddaughter of Magdelena Ortiz will meet Simon Jaffee (sic) beneath the H in the Hollywood sign and then!.... Love from Monica /Carolyn See/H. | Monica Highland / Lisa See Kendall | Monica Highland / John Espey.
A terrific inscription, referencing a character in the novel and the main character in another novel and signed in full by all three authors.
Publication: New York: Coward-McCann, 1983.
Item No: #307255