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Lie Down in Darkness

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William Styron traces the betrayals and infidelities--the heritage of spite and endlessly disappointed love--that afflict the members of a Southern family and that culminate in the suicide of the beautiful Peyton Loftis.
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William Styron traces the betrayals and infidelities--the heritage of spite and endlessly disappointed love--that afflict the members of a Southern family and that culminate in the suicide of the beautiful Peyton Loftis.
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Paperback (416 pages)
Published: March 3, 1992
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Imprint: Vintage
ISBN: 9780679735977
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