Dorothy Allison exploded onto the literary scene in 1992 with Bastard Out of Carolina, her stunning semiautobiographical story of violence and incest in a rural Southern family. In Cavedweller, Allison returns with a powerful story of indomitable women in hardscrabble situations, proving herself an expert mapper of the human heart. Delia Byrd, a former alcoholic rock-'n'-roll singer, is tortured by memories of the two daughters she abandoned ten years earlier when she fled her abusive husband. When her lover, rock star Randall Pritchard, is killed in a motorcycle accident, Delia decides to leave Los Angeles and return to Cayro, Ga., to reclaim her children. Taking along Cissy, her daughter by Randall, Delia drives across the country nonstop, not knowing how to win her daughters back, knowing only that the odds are against her.
Dorothy gives an overview of the book:
Dorothy Allison grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, the first child of a fifteen-year-old unwed mother who worked as a waitress. Now living in Northern California with her partner Alix and her teenage son, Wolf Michael, she describes herself as a feminist, a working class...