The House of Breath, Goyen?s first novel, is a hymn to Charity, a small Texas town. In his celebration, Goyen evokes childhood, memory, loss and a sense of place. The book begins with Goyen?s intoxication with the spells of his birthplace: ?Those Texan wetlands are my wildness. They have haunted me and become my place in all my work.?

The House of Breath 1999, Triquarterly Books

ISBN-13: 9780810150676

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The House of Breath 1990, Serpent's Tail, London

ISBN-13: 9781852421946

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The House of Breath 1986, Persea Books, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780892551095

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The House of Breath 1975, Random House (NY)

ISBN-13: 9780394730530

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The House of Breath 1975, Random House Trade

ISBN-13: 9780394496993

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