Title: TEN THOUSAND SAINTS: A NOVEL - Rare Pristine...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Ecco Press, 2011
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 388 pages. Published in 2011. Rare Eleanor Henderson collectible set. A pristine copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing with a pristine copy of the "Movie Tie-In" First Edition/First Printing, both signed by Eleanor Henderson. The author's breakthrough debut novel. Now considered a contemporary classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only that sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Eleanor Henderson's "Ten Thousand Saints". A "coming-of-age" novel with a dramatic twist. The twist, which the saintly title alludes to, is that instead of being about sex, drugs, and rock n' roll, it is about no-sex, no-drugs, and hardcore punk, the extreme opposite of American "youth culture" urban subculture. Set in the 1980's at the height of the AIDS crisis, which Henderson vividly evokes, the young characters are members of a burgeoning cult group called Straight Edge (as opposed to cutting-edge), which has thousands of loyal followers who, going against both Nature and Nurture, voluntarily adopt an ascetic, rigidly self-imposed, no-nonsense ban on premarital sex and the use of drugs, but are fanatically devoted to underground punk culture. It's a defiant gesture, not just rebellion but full-fledged rejection of both their elders' and peers' embrace of tolerant, liberal, and secular values that the reader comes to admire grudgingly for its ferocity and purity. "Henderson does not hold back once: She writes the hell out of every moment, every scene, every perspective, every fleeting impression, every impulse, and every desire. She is never ironic or underwhelmed; her preferred mode is fierce, devoted, and elegiac" (The New York Times Magazine). "Again and again, I was stopped cold by beautiful chapter-ending sentences. I remember this Manhattan, the Sunday matinees at CB's, the rage over Yuppies colonizing the East Village" (Dean Wareham). There are whole shelves of books on sex, drugs, and rock n' roll. Here is a radiant, affecting, and exceptional novel that recaptures for posterity a crucial moment from the past that continues to reverberate in, be felt by, and influence the present. The basis of the film adaptation by the directorial team of Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, with Ethan Hawke, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, and Emile Hirsch. A signed copy of the "Movie Tie-In" First Edition/First Printing comes with this true first. An absolute "must-have" title for Eleanor Henderson collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed, placed, and dated in black ink-pen on the title page by the author: "Eleanor Henderson NYC 3/12/12". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. She also crossed out her printed name. Laid-in is a copy of the Souvenir Announcement Leaflet of the event during which her signature was obtained. Henderson did not tour widely for the book, and by the time she made a few appearances, bookstore copies were already Later Printings. This comes with a pristine copy of the "Movie Tie-In" First Edition/First Printing, which is also very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen-marker on the title page by the author. This title is a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed, placed, and dated copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing with signed copy of the "Movie Tie-In" Edition available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, pristine beauties. Please note: Almost all other copies available online are subsequent printings. A rare signed copy thus. One of the most brilliant American writers of our time. A fine collectible set. ISBN 0062021028. Bookseller Inventory # 17226
Adopted by a pair of diehard hippies, restless, marginal Jude Keffy-Horn spends much of his youth getting high with his best friend, Teddy, in their bucolic and deeply numbing Vermont town. But when Teddy dies of an overdose on the last day of 1987, Jude's relationship with drugs and with his parents devolves to new extremes. Sent to live with his pot-dealing father in New York City's East Village, Jude stumbles upon straight edge, an underground youth culture powered by the paradoxical aggression of hardcore punk and a righteous intolerance for drugs, meat, and sex. With Teddy's half brother, Johnny, and their new friend, Eliza, Jude tries to honor Teddy's memory through his militantly clean lifestyle. But his addiction to straight edge has its own dangerous consequences. While these teenagers battle to discover themselves, their parents struggle with this new generation's radical reinterpretation of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll and their grown-up awareness of nature and nurture, brotherhood and loss.
Moving back and forth between Vermont and New York City, Ten Thousand Saints is an emphatically observed story of a frayed tangle of family members brought painfully together by a death, then carried along in anticipation of a new and unexpected life. With empathy and masterful skill, Eleanor Henderson has conjured a rich portrait of the modern age and the struggles that unite and divide generations.
Amazon Best Books of the Month, June 2011: Mostly set in the Lower East Side of 1980s New York City, Ten Thousand Saints is that rare book that paints scenes so vividly you can imagine the movie in your head. I wanted to live inside its pages, where I could imagine not just the scenes themselves, but the cameras, the lights, the actors reading their lines off to the sides of the set. Main character Jude Keffy-Horn--named after a Beatles song by his adoptive hippy parents--spends his high school days in small town Vermont getting high with his best friend Teddy, waiting to turn 16, when he can legally drop out. When Teddy dies of an overdose on the last day of 1987, Jude is sent to live with his pot-dealer father in New York City. Jude soon falls in with a group of straight edge Hari Krishnas, where his commitment to abstinence in all forms--drugs, sex, meat--becomes an addiction itself. Jude struggles to create an identity amongst the extreme movements taking root downtown, while his parents struggle to understand their son?s rejection of their free love culture. Author Eleanor Henderson's meticulous research into the straight edge movement in the late 1980s has opened a door to a piece of history handled with love, care, and incredibly unforgettable characters. --Alexandra Foster
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