Title: Cavedweller
Author: Dorothy Allison
Finished: July 2, 2008
Pages: 434
Publisher: Plume
Publish Year: 1999
ISBN: 0452279690

Saw the movie and wanted to compare.

Story of a woman, Delia, whose life in California falls apart when the father of her daughter dies in a car accident. She decides to pack up their life and return home to Georgia where she left a husband she never divorced and two other daughters. Delia has to comfort all the demons she left behind including an abusive husband, his unforgiving mother, and a whole town of people who thought she left her daughters to become a rock star. Delia leaves the life of luxury everyone thought she had as a beautiful singer, only for everyone she loves to slowly learn that life isn’t always what they read in the magazines. Turned into a film, only the first third of the book is made into a movie, and even that it almost a story all on its own. You can almost watch the two and never even make the connection.

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