Chicago: Way and Williams, 1897.
First edition. 12mo. 416pp. Decorated blue cloth stamped in green and silver. Small, contemporary owner name ("Mrs. Baker"), light rubbing to the spine ends, else very good or better. The author's second book, like her first, a collection of Creole stories. Chopin, of French and Irish extraction, wrote sensitive and insightful stories of her Creole neighbors after the manner of De Maupassant, and enjoyed some popularity until her beautifully written novel, The Awakening, about a mixed race marriage and a married woman's love for a man not her husband. Despite the relative tameness of the subject now, the novel rendered her persona non grata in regular publishing circles, from which she never recovered. Her understanding of both the contemporary feminine mind, and her observations of her Louisiana Creole neighbors were unparalleled for the time.