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Almost Innocent

A Novel

Voices of the South

268 pages / 5.50 x 8.50 inches / no illustrations

Fiction

  Paperback / 9780807120668 / April 1996

“A remarkable first novel. Like the old master Henry James, Sheila Bosworth uses the chilling device of using the mirror of innocence to reflect evil. It is a lovely achievement, a superior one.”—Walker Percy

Clay-Lee Calvert is the love child of two people who are as beautiful as models in a magazine but whose similarity ends there. Her father, Rand, is an artist— easygoing, dreamy, principled, and chronically jobless. Her mother, Constance, is the blue-blooded, pampered, delicate but determined daughter of a state supreme court justice. How their intense passion for each other plays out against the sumptuousness and decay of 1950s New Orleans is something to which no innocent should be privy.

In Sheila Bosworth’s mesmerizing first novel, the era, the place, the people, of Clay-Lee’s childhood all form an air as real as our own pasts, alternately dim and indelible, where everyone bears some guilt, and all are almost innocent. 

Sheila Bosworth's second novel, Slow Poison, was published in 1992. Born, raised, and educated in New Orleans, she now lives in Covington, Louisiana.

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