The story is told from the point of a view of a 11-year old daughter trying to grow up and contend with an impossible mother, a born narcissist with few redeeming qualities. The book was a great success when it appeared, a winner of the Whiting Prize for first novels and receiving some continuing interest because of the author’s real-life connection to the late founder of Apple, Steve Jobs, who was her older brother.
The book design is credited to Marysarah Quinn. I don’t know if this includes the jacket and the illustration. The title is shown in two lines of Fanfare caps, distorted to fit into two opposing wedge shapes. “A novel by” is added in tracked out caps from ITC Kabel. Graphic Composition, Inc. from Athens, Georgia, composed the interior, using Caslon. Adroit is used for the cover (not pictured) and title page.