So the Wind Won’t Blow It All Away - Richard Brautigan 1982 - Delacorte Press / Seymour Lawrence, New York - First Edition Loosely based on Brautigan’s childhood of poverty and abuse. This beautiful work was Brautigan’s last book before 1984 when, at the age of 49, he died of a self-inflicted gunshot-wound.

‘All of us have a place in history. Mine is in clouds’
  Richard Brautigan's ninth published novel and the last published before his death in 1984. Focused around the death of a young boy in a shooting accident in a western Oregon town on Saturday, 17 February 1948. Although he never confirmed or denied the connection, the story was thought to be autobiographical, built on an incident that happened to Brautigan at age thirteen.

Actually, the story was created from two separate incidents. The first involved Brautigan, his best friend Pete Webster, and Pete's brother, Danny. The three were duck hunting in the Fern Ridge wetlands, near Eugene, Oregon. Brautigan was separated from the other two. Brautigan fired at a duck and a pellet from his shot struck Danny in the ear, injuring him only slightly. About the same time, Donald Husband, 14-year-old son of a prominent Eugene attorney, was shot and killed in a hunting accident off Bailey Hill Road. Brautigan's incident and that involving Husband became one in this novel (Bob Keefer and Quail Dawning 2H).

The novel sold less than 15,000 copies, and was ignored or dismissed by critics.

References: Barber,
Richard Brautigan An Annotated Bibliography 161. Web,

pp. [12] 131 [1]. In publisher’s lavender paper-covered boards with purple cloth spine lettered in silver, silver facsimile Brautigan signature on front cover. Dust jacket priced $12.95 to upper corner of front flap.

Front and back dust jacket colour photograph by Roger Ressmeyer of a red couch and other household items beside a lake at night. Photograph dated 4 March 1981, the photograph on the rear flap is by Ressmeyer, and was part of a series of publicity photographs dated 4 March 1982.
  Condition: Fine, in near fine dust jacket, wear to head of spine, and light rubbing which follows the ridge of the books cloth spine below.   Ref: 108726   Price: HK$ 1,300