Edwin O'Connor  Edwin O'Connor

The Edge of Sadness

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication Date: 1961
Hardcover: 460 pages
Edition: First Edition

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Book Awards and Recognition

Award 1962 - Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

First Edition Identification Points

States "FIRST EDITION" on the copyright page. The price "$5.00" appears at the top of the front flap of the dust jacket. Publisher's logo blind-stamped on lower right-hand cornver of back cover. Not to be confused with BCE blind stamp. No book club edition indent on lower right-hand cornver of back cover.

From the Publisher

In this moving novel, Father Hugh Kennedy, a recovering alcoholic, returns to Boston to repair his damaged priesthood. There he is drawn into the unruly world of the Carmodys, a sprawling, prosperous Irish family teeming with passion and riddled with secrets. The story of this entanglement is a beautifully rendered tale of grace and renewal, of friendship and longing, of loneliness and spiritual aridity giving way to hope.