My Sweet Orange-Tree

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1970.

The charming coming-of-age story from South America

(Item #815) My Sweet Orange-Tree. Jose Mauro de Vasconcelos.

My Sweet Orange-Tree

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1970. First American edition. And the first English-language edition, preceding the UK edition by a year. A clean, Fine copy of the book in a bright, fresh jacket that is also just about Fine, save for a small indentation on the front panel near the spine.

Originally published in Brazil in 1968 and translated into English here by Edgar Miller, Jr. A classic coming-of-age story, following the mischievous and precocious five-year old Zeze. A fan of pranks and general mischief, Zeze frustrates his family who work hard to support one another. After moving in search of work, Zeze discovers that he can communicate with an orange tree in his new back yard. But tragedy looms, and Zeze must confront the challenges of growing up and the perils of losing what is cherished.
Fine in Fine dust jacket. (Item #815)

"He is my best friend, but you are the absolute king of all trees, just as Luis is the absolute king of all my brothers. You have to know that people’s hearts have to be very big to hold everything they love.”