Publication: Coward-McCann, Inc, 1956, New York
First edition. Edgar Award Winner for Best Novel of 1956. Fine, bright copy in dust jacket with minor wear to the spine ends and corners, small closed tear to top edge of front cover and small closed tear to top edge of rear cover, and light rubbed on front flap fold.. Poetry instructor Kenneth Gibson is a quiet, sensitive fellow in his mid-fifties. He meets Rosemary James at her father's funeral. Now in her early thirties, she hasn't the strength, skills, or determination to carry on by herself. Kenneth decides to intervene in an unobtrusive way. When Rosemary is about to lose her house, Kenneth proposes a platonic marriage. After the wedding they move to a cottage on the property of a handsome widower. Some of the psychological barriers between the newlyweds start to fall. Then a serious accident derails their relationship and brings Kenneth's domineering and opinionated sister Ethel into their lives. An elusive title, especially so in collector's condition.
Inventory Number: 40663