Title: ABIDE WITH ME: A NOVEL - Scarce Pristine ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Random House, 2006
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 298 pages. Published in 2006. The author's second 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. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Elizabeth Strout's "Abide With Me". Her remarkable second novel. "The word 'remarkable' plays a crucial role in Elizabeth Strout's 'Abide With Me'. That word best describes the novel itself. A brave, rare book" (Nicholas Delbanco). Elizabeth Strout began publishing very late in life. She was a lawyer for many "utterly miserable" years before she finally decided, "No more law! I would rather fail miserably in life as a writer than be successful as a lawyer" (Elizabeth Strout). As such, she is a "mature" writer, the only writer worth reading, rather than a "flash-in-the-pan" prodigy although she has been writing all her adult life, her many lawyer years included. She is not a prolific writer at all: It took her eight years to write this luminous second novel. An absolute "must-have" title for Elizabeth Strout collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Elizabeth Strout. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate. Unlike her more recent signatures, it is signed in full instead of slightly abbreviated (although the latter signature is still very clear and legible, unlike most other authors'). Given the significant demand for signed copies of all her books, this is probably what the future holds. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Signed copies of the First Edition will always be scarce because according to the author herself, the first print runs of her first three novels were "tiny" (her word) and the books immediately went into paperback thereafter. A scarce signed copy thus. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2009 for "Olive Kitteridge". One of the greatest American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ELIZABETH STROUT TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 1400062071. Bookseller Inventory # 18031
Synopsis: In her luminous and long-awaited new novel, bestselling author Elizabeth Strout welcomes readers back to the archetypal, lovely landscape of northern New England, where the events of her first novel, Amy and Isabelle, unfolded. In the late 1950s, in the small town of West Annett, Maine, a minister struggles to regain his calling, his family, and his happiness in the wake of profound loss. At the same time, the community he has served so charismatically must come to terms with its own strengths and failings?faith and hypocrisy, loyalty and abandonment?when a dark secret is revealed.
Tyler Caskey has come to love West Annett, ?just up the road? from where he was born. The short, brilliant summers and the sharp, piercing winters fill him with awe?as does his congregation, full of good people who seek his guidance and listen earnestly as he preaches. But after suffering a terrible loss, Tyler finds it hard to return to himself as he once was. He hasn?t had The Feeling?that God is all around him, in the beauty of the world?for quite some time. He struggles to find the right words in his sermons and in his conversations with those facing crises of their own, and to bring his five-year-old daughter, Katherine, out of the silence she has observed in the wake of the family?s tragedy.
A congregation that had once been patient and kind during Tyler?s grief now questions his leadership and propriety. In the kitchens, classrooms, offices, and stores of the village, anger and gossip have started to swirl. And in Tyler?s darkest hour, a startling discovery will test his congregation?s humanity?and his own will to endure the kinds of trials that sooner or later test us all.
In prose incandescent and artful, Elizabeth Strout draws readers into the details of ordinary life in a way that makes it extraordinary. All is considered?life, love, God, and community?within these pages, and all is made new by this writer?s boundless compassion and graceful prose.
About the Author: Elizabeth Strout?s first novel, Amy and Isabelle, won the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize, and was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award as well as the Orange Prize in England. Her short stories have been published in a number of magazines, including The New Yorker . Currently she is on the faculty of the low-residency M.F.A. program at Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina. She lives in New York City.
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