Owls Do Cry

Owls Do Cry - Virago Modern Classics


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Publisher's Synopsis

'Owls Do Cry remains innovative and relevant' GUARDIAN

'Janet Frame was a unique and troubled soul whose luminous words are the more precious' HILARY MANTEL

'Her dark, eloquent song captured my heart ' JANE CAMPION

Owls Do Cry is the story of the Withers family: Francie, soon to leave school to start work at the woollen mills; Toby, whose days are marred by the velvet cloak of epilepsy; Chicks, the baby of the family; and Daphne, whose rich, poetic imagination condemns her to a life in institutions.

It is one of the classics of New Zealand literature and has remained in print continuously for fifty years. A fiftieth anniversary edition was published in 2007.

Owls Do Cry is Janet Frame's first novel. She describes her idea behind it in the second volume of her autobiography:

'Pictures of great treasure in the midst of sadness and waste haunted me and I began to think, in fiction, of a childhood, home life, hospital life, using people known to me as a base for main characters, and inventing minor characters'

Regarded by many as one of the best New Zealand novels published, Owls Do Cry forms a loose trilogy with her two subsequent novels, Faces in the Water and The Edge of the Alphabet.

Book information

ISBN: 9780349006673
Publisher: Little, Brown
Imprint: Virago
Pub date:
Edition: Reprint
DEWEY: 823.914
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: xi, 239
Weight: 184g
Height: 200mm
Width: 127mm
Spine width: 17mm