The Secret River, 1955 first edition, by Pulitzer Prize-winner Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, author of The Yearling.


Written by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. Illustrated by Leonard Weisgard. First edition, 1955. Charles Scribner's Sons.

The Secret River tells the story of a young girl named Calpurnia who lives in Florida during the Great Depression. She dreams of having a pet of her own, but her family is too poor to afford one. One day, she finds a wounded deer in the woods and nurses it back to health. She names it Flag and keeps it as a secret from her parents. However, as Flag grows bigger and more troublesome, Calpurnia faces a difficult choice between her love for the deer and her loyalty to her family.

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (1896 - 1953) was an American author who wrote novels and short stories about rural life in Florida. She was fascinated by the culture and nature of the region, and began writing stories based on her observations and interviews with local residents. She is best known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Yearling, which tells the story of a boy and his pet deer in the 1870s. Rawlings also wrote Cross Creek, a memoir of her experiences living in a remote community near a lake and a wildlife preserve. The Secret River was published after her death and was a Newbery Honor book.
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Condition: Very Good/Good. Dust jacket: Open tears at head and tail of the spine; corners bumped. White-embossed brown cloth cover boards. Front fly leaf is missing else pages are clean, undamaged, and complete.

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