Heart Earth. Ivan Doig.
Heart Earth

Heart Earth

New York: Atheneum, 1993. First Edition. Hardcover. 5-1/8 x 8-3/4", 1/2 blue cloth, light grey paper over boards, 160pp. Item #900708
ISBN: 0689121377

First Edition, First Printing.

Heart Earth is a fitting prequel to Ivan Doig's classic memoir, This House of Sky. Against the backdrop of World War II and the American land before and since, this saga of the Doig family's journey from a defense housing project in boomtime Arizona to the high country of their Montana origins builds with the drama only real life can hold. Here we see an adventurous mother miraculously back again in the evocative lines of her wartime letters after "all else of her. . . has been only farthest childscapes, half-rememberings thinned by so many years since"; a resonant father who gives off the "tense hum of a wire in the wind" as he strives to make his family secure against chronic odds; and a child, "touchy and thorough, doctrinaire and dreamy, " who early learns to infiltrate the drama-filled world of grown-ups by "standing back and prowling with the ears." "In that last winter of the war, she knew to use pointblank ink," begins this heartfelt memoir. As ever in the writing of Ivan Doig, the most innocent sentence has the trap of poetry.  The Washington Post has described Doig as a writer "whose work makes readers recall why they love to read, and reminds writers why they ever wanted to write in the first place."

Fine in dust wrapper and protective mylar.

Price: $20.00