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Nominated for the National Book Award in 1974, this haunting, profoundly disquieting novel manages to be at once sparse and lush, to combine Biblical simplicity with Gothic intensity and strangeness. It is the story of Kate, despised by her mother, bound to her father by ties stronger and darker than blood. It is the story of her attempted escapesâˆ’in detached sexual encounters, at a Southern college populated by spoiled and perverse beauties, and in a doomed marriage to a man who cannot understand what she is running from. Witty, erotic, searing acute, State of Grace bears the inimitable stamp of one of our fines and most provocative writers.
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JOY WILLIAMS is the author of four novels—the most recent, The Quick and the Dead, was a runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize in 2001—and three other collections of stories, as well as Ill Nature, a book of essays that was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Among her many honors are the Rea Award for the Short Story and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She was elected to the Academy in 2008. She lives in Tucson, Arizona, and Laramie, Wyoming.Review:
"Beautifully crafted. . . First rate."--The New York Times Book Review
"An intense personal vision . . . explosive and hurtfully revealing."--Los Angeles Times
"Joy Williams may be the most 'relevant' woman writing at this time."--The New York Times
"To put it simply, Joy Williams is the most gifted writer of her generation."--Harold Brodkey
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Book Description Doubleday/Paris Review. Garden City. 1973., 1973. NF. As new, unread. 260 pp. Advance Review edition. Blurbs from Granville Hicks and George Plimpton on the back. There is a postcard from the November 13th reading Ms. Williams did with Nicholas Christopher at the Brown Auditorium, Houston Museum of Fine Arts. Seller Inventory # 12574
Book Description Paris Review Editions/Doubleday, 1973. Soft cover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. An Advance Reader's Copy - "Special Edition Not for Sale," of the author's first novel, in stiff cardboard wrappers as issued. A very good copy with some spotting on the top foredge and tanning to the spine. This has been simply SIGNED BY JOY WILLIAMS on the title page (no inscription). Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 7022
Book Description Doubleday, New York, 1973. Soft cover. Condition: Fine. No Jacket. 1st Edition. First edition / First printing. Uncorrected proof. Signed by the author. Plain printed wrappers. 260 pages. Fine. The author's first novel. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 11686-1
Book Description Doubleday, Garden City, N.Y., 1973. hardcover. Condition: Good. 1st. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP11031544
Book Description Doubleday, Garden City, N.Y., 1973. hardcover. Condition: Good. 1st. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP79856558