New York: The Vanguard Press, Inc., 1978. First Edition. First Printing. Octavo (21.5cm); blue cloth, with titles stamped in gilt on spine; dustjacket; [x],342pp. Bookplate signed by the author loosely laid in. Light wear to spine ends and lower corners, previous owners name to upper front endpaper, else Near Fine. Dustjacket is price-clipped, with corresponding light wear to spine ends and corners; Near Fine. Oates's ninth novel, chronicling the life of a boy-preacher, conceived of rape, who becomes the prosperous and charismatic leader of a church.