The book Cavedweller was made into the movie Cavedweller.
Book details for Cavedweller
Dorothy Allison also wrote Bastard Out of Carolina (1992).
Cayro's poverty is emotional as well as material; the town is a hard place, full of hard people. To them, Delia will always be "that bitch" who abandoned her babies, "that hippie" living a life of sin. Nonetheless, Delia forges a cruel bargain with her former husband: in exchange for Delia's agreeing to care for him as he dies, he gives her a chance to reclaim her daughters. Like Bastard out of Carolina, Allison's acclaimed debut novel, Cavedweller is a chronicle of rage, strength, and survival. Here, however, Allison is equally concerned with the redemptive power of love and forgiveness, and a novel that began with death ends on an unexpectedly sanguine note: "'Yes, it's time for some new songs.'" There are no victims in Dorothy Allison's work; Delia triumphs through sheer force of will, bringing her family together despite the contempt of almost everyone around her.
The novel has its flaws--including occasionally flat-footed prose--but it is in the end compulsively readable, and it's populated by some of the most memorable characters in recent fiction: tough, prickly, flawed, and deeply human, Delia and Cissy are literary creations of the first rank. In describing the complicated emotions that bind and divide them, Allison demonstrates a profoundly unsentimental understanding of the way the human heart works. Cavedweller is the work of a mature artist, her best fiction to date.
Movie details for Cavedweller
Actors on this movie include Kyra Sedgwick, Regan Arnold, Aidan Quinn, Jill Scott (II), April Mullen, Vanessa Zima, Sherilyn Fenn, Kevin Bacon, Jackie Burroughs, Myron Natwick (II), Mat Langford, Zach Nicolino, Edie Inksetter, Panou, Bobby Prochaska, Brian Paul, Deborah Grover, Joan Massiah, Paul Brogren and Barry Walsh.