New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1967.
First Edition. Hardcover. Signed by Catherine Marshall to front free endpaper and dated 2/22/68. Stated first edition. 8 5/8" X 5 3/4". xi, 496pp. Moderate wear to price-clipped dust jacket, with small tears to edges and extremities and shallow chipping to head and tail of spine. Bound in red paper over boards, with upper board lettered in blind and spine backed in red cloth and lettered in gilt. Moderate wear to binding, with hard lean to spine, light edgewear, and inked number to spine. Previous owner's gift inscription to front free endpaper, dated October 1967. Binding is firm and sound. Pages are clean and unmarked. An overall solid and presentable signed first printing of this beloved work of Christian historical fiction by Catherine Marshall, set in 1912 in the fictional Appalachian village of Cutter Gap, Tennessee, inspired by the life of the author's mother, and the basis for the 1994-1995 TV series of the same name starring Kellie Martin, Tyne Daly, Tess Harper, and LeVar Burton.
The train taking nineteen-year-old teacher Christy Huddleston from her home in Asheville, North Carolina, might as well be transporting her to another world. The Smoky Mountain community of Cutter Gap feels suspended in time, trapped by poverty, superstitions, and century-old traditions. But as Christy struggles to find acceptance in her new home, some see her--and her one-room school--as a threat to their way of life. Her faith is challenged and her heart is torn between two strong men with conflicting views about how to care for the families of the Cove. Yearning to make a difference, will Christy's determination and devotion be enough? Since its first release in 1967, Christy has sold an astonishing 10 million copies. (publisher, later edition). Good / good. Item #7562