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VANDAL LOVE: A NOVEL - Rare Pristine Copy of The First Edition/First Printing: Signed And Dated (In The Month And Year of Publication) by Deni Y. Bechard

Bechard, Deni Y. (Bechard, Deni Yvan)

Published by Minneapolis, MN: Milkweed Editions, 2012
ISBN 10: 1571310916 / ISBN 13: 9781571310910
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Title: VANDAL LOVE: A NOVEL - Rare Pristine Copy of...

Publisher: Minneapolis, MN: Milkweed Editions, 2012

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition: As New

Dust Jacket Condition: None, As Issued

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition.

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1st Printing. Signed. 345 pages. Published in 2012. The author's breakthrough debut novel. One of the most important literary debuts of our time. The first appearance of the title in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a softcover original only. Presents, at long last, Deni Y. Bechard's "Vandal Love". His first novel, it finally appears in the United States after being issued in Canada several years ago. "An astonishing novel of epic ambition, 'Vandal Love' follows generations of a unique French-Canadian family across North America and through the 20th century, as they struggle to find their place in the world" (Publisher's blurb). Quite a struggle it turns out to be: A genetic curse runs through the family whereby the offspring are born either as giants or dwarfs ("runts"). "Reinvents the generational novel with innovative brilliance. The book has all the quirky depth of a great HBO series and a line-by-line literary energy that is very rare. This is an enormously impressive debut by a clearly talented writer" (Robert Olen Butler). Deni Yvan Bechard was born to French-Canadian and American parents in 1974 and is a largely self-taught writer who has lived in both Canada and the United States. The acclaim that some of the finest living writers have heaped on his debut novel is staggering, reminiscent of the praise that greeted Vikram Seth's "The Golden Gate" in the 1980's, Zadie Smith's "White Teeth" in the 1990's, and Jhumpa Lahiri's "Interpreter of Maladies" at the turn of the century. Bechard has been compared to Annie Proulx, one of the most revered living American writers, and E. L. Doctorow, one of the greatest living writers in any language. An absolute "must-have" title for Deni Y. Bechard collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed, placed, and dated (in the month and year of publication) in black ink-pen on the title page by the author: "Deni Y. Bechard 6/24/2012 NYC". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. A reclusive figure, Bechard made a rare appearance in New York City to launch the book. This title is a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed, placed, and dated copy of the First American Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce signed copy thus. One of the most brilliant new voices in contemporary literature. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER DENI YVAN BECHARD TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 1571310916. Bookseller Inventory # 17459

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Synopsis: An astonishing novel of epic ambition, Vandal Love—winner of the prestigious Commonwealth Writers? Prize for best first book in 2007—follows generations of a unique French-Canadian family across North America and through the twentieth century.

A family curse—a genetic trick resulting from centuries of hardship—causes the Hervé children to be born either giants or runts. Book One follows the giants? line, exploring Jude Hervé?s career as a boxer in Georgia and Louisiana in the 1960s, his escape from that brutal life alone with his baby daughter Isa, and her eventual decision to enter into a strange, chaste marriage with a much older man. Book Two traces a different kind of life entirely, as the runts of the family discover that their power lies in a kind of unifying love. François seeks the identity of his missing father for years, while his own son, Harvey, flees from modern society into spiritual quests. But none of the Hervés can abandon their longing for a place where they might find others like themselves.

In assured and mystically powerful prose, Deni Y. Béchard tells a wide-ranging, spellbinding story of a family trying to create an identity in an unwelcoming landscape. Imbued throughout with a deep sensitivity to the physical world, Vandal Love is a breathtaking literary debut about the power of love to create and destroy—in our lives, and in our history.

From the Back Cover:
“Béchard has reinvented the generational novel with innovative brilliance. The book has all the quirky depth of a great HBO series and a line-to-line literary energy that is very rare. This is an enormously impressive debut by a clearly gifted writer.? —Robert Olen Butler

“Reminiscent of Proulx and Doctorow in both sweep and grace of prose, it is hard to believe that Vandal Love, so elegant and accomplished, is only Béchard?s first novel.? —Dagoberto Gilb

“The word ‘masterpiece? is not to be used lightly, but one is tempted in the case of Vandal Love, for the scope of its ambition, its originality, and its muscular use of language conjure a young Faulkner, García Márquez, or Steinbeck.? —Katherine Min

A family curse—a genetic trick resulting from centuries of hardship—causes the Hervé children to be born either giants or runts. Book One follows the giants? line, exploring Jude Hervé?s career as a boxer in Georgia and Louisiana in the 1960s, his escape from that brutal life with his baby daughter Isa, and her eventual decision to enter into a strange, chaste marriage with a much older man. Book Two traces a different line of life entirely, as the runts of the family discover that their power lies in a kind of unifying love. François seeks the identity of his missing father for years, while his own son flees from modern society into spiritual quests.

In assured and mystically powerful prose, Deni Y. Béchard tells a wide-ranging, spellbinding story of a family trying to create an identity in an unwelcoming landscape. Vandal Love is a breathtaking literary debut about the power of love to create and destroy.

Deni Y. Béchard was born in British Columbia to French Canadian and American parents, and grew up in both Canada and the United States. His articles, stories, and translations have appeared in a number of magazines and newspapers. He has also published a memoir, Cures for Hunger.

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