A State of Siege
by Janet Frame
George Braziller, 1966, [First Edition], [First Printing], hardcover, dustjacket
Very Good Condition, a little edge and shelf wear, a little rubbing to edges and corners, , dustjacket shows a little edge and shelf wear with some rubbing, bumping, chipping and small tears to edges and corners (see photographs)
'After the death of her invalid mother, Malfred Signal, a New Zealand art teacher in her mid fifties, leaves her birthplace in the south for a beach cottage on a sub-tropical island in the north. She hopes to be alone with nature and the "room two inches behind the eyes"--Free of the dominating presence of her family, free of the habit of attaching "correct" shadows to coal scuttles and other mundane objects. But the solitude she has sought mocks her with echoes of her past, when, one stormy night, an intruder pounds ceaselessly and inexplicably on her door.'