The novel was originally published in 1982 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Since then, it has never been out of print.
Editions of the book include the following:
|Year||ISBN||Edition and publisher|
|2007||ISBN 0-374-40011-3||Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), paperback|
|1999||ISBN 0-8085-8756-0||Rebound by Sagebrush, school and library binding|
|1992||ISBN 0-374-40413-5||Farrar Straus & Giroux, paperback|
|1988||ISBN 0-86068-271-4||Virago Press Ltd, paperback|
Changes in cover art throughout the years has reflected the change in attitudes towards gay people, according to the author. The original cover illustration showed Annie, in a black cloak, and Liza, standing away from Annie, on the Esplanade in Brooklyn overlooking the harbor. Garden commented that "it really looks as if Annie is going to swoop down on Liza—almost like a vampire attacking". Although this cover was never used, future covers failed to show the girls relating, Garden said. Garden's preferred cover art, which came out in 1992 and has been reused in more recent publications, shows "the two girls really relating to each other equally," Garden said.