A reclusive young man works in a San Francisco library for unpublishable books. Life's losers, an astonishing number of whom seem to be writers, can bring their manuscripts to the library, where they will be welcomed, registered and shelved. They will not be read, but they will be cherished. In comes Vida, with her manuscript. Her book is about her gorgeous body in which she feels uncomfortable. The librarian makes her feel comfortable, and together they live in the back of the library until a trip to Tijuana changes them ...

The Abortion 2002, Vintage Classics, London

ISBN-13: 9780099437581

Mass-market paperback

Abortion 1979, Pocket Books

ISBN-13: 9780671827977

Trade paperback

The Abortion 1974, Macmillan, London

ISBN-13: 9780330241892

New edition


The Abortion 1973, Jonathan Cape Ltd, London

ISBN-13: 9780224007795