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AMERICAN RUST - Rare Fine Copy of The First British Edition/First Printing: Signed And Inscribed ("Lined") by Philipp Meyer - ONLY SIGNED AND INSCRIBED COPY ONLINE

Meyer, Philipp

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ISBN 10: 0385527519 / ISBN 13: 9780385527514
Published by London, England: Simon & Schuster, 2009
Condition: Fine Soft cover
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1st Printing. Signed. 370 pages. Published in 2009. The author's breakthrough debut novel. One of the finest American novels of our time. The first appearance of the title in the United Kingdom. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a tiny first print run as a softcover original only that sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition is now rare. Presents Philipp Meyer's "American Rust". A triumphant achievement. "Set in a beautiful but dying Pennsylvania steel town, 'American Rust' is a novel of the lost American Dream and the desperation that arises from its loss. It is the story of two young men bound to the town by family, responsibility, inertia, and the beauty around them, who dream of a future beyond the factories, abandoned homes, and the polluted river. An extraordinarily moving novel about the bleak realities that battle our desire for transcendence and the power of love and friendship to redeem us" (Publisher's blurb). "Written with considerable dramatic intensity and pace" (Colm Toibin). "Darkly disturbing and richly compelling" (Patricia Cornwell). An absolute "must-have" title for Philipp Meyer collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed and inscribed ("lined") in black ink-pen on the title page by the author: " 'Isaac's mother was dead five years but he hadn't stopped thinking about her'. Philipp Meyer". It is the very first sentence of the book. This title is a great novel. As far as we know, this is the only such signed and inscribed ("lined") copy of the First British Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. It is, quite simply, the single most beautiful signed copy we have ever seen. Please note: Copies of the First Hardcover Edition (American) available online command hundreds of dollars as the first print run was very small and even if they have major flaws, are remainder-marked, or are subsequent printings. Since the first print run of this British Edition, which is a softcover original only, was just as small, it is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. "American Rust" is widely regarded as a contemporary American classic. One of the most brilliant American writers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER PHILIPP MEYER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0385527519. Bookseller Inventory # 20171

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Title: AMERICAN RUST - Rare Fine Copy of The First ...

Publisher: London, England: Simon & Schuster, 2009

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: None, As Issued

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition.

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Synopsis:

The debut novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Son, which is now an AMC original TV series

Set in a beautiful but economically devastated Pennsylvania steel town, American Rust is a novel of the lost American dream and the desperation—as well as the acts of friendship, loyalty, and love—that arise from its loss. From local bars to trainyards to prison, it is the story of two young men, bound to the town by family, responsibility, inertia, and the beauty around them, who dream of a future beyond the factories and abandoned homes.

Left alone to care for his aging father after his mother commits suicide and his sister escapes to Yale, Isaac English longs for a life beyond his hometown. But when he finally sets out to leave for good, accompanied by his temperamental best friend, former high school football star Billy Poe, they are caught up in a terrible act of violence that changes their lives forever.

Evoking John Steinbeck’s novels of restless lives during the Great Depression, American Rust takes us into the contemporary American heartland at a moment of profound unrest and uncertainty about the future. It is a dark but lucid vision, a moving novel about the bleak realities that battle our desire for transcendence and the power of love and friendship to redeem us.

Newsweek's list of "Best. Books. Ever"
A Washington Post Top Ten Book of 2009
A New York Times Notable Book of 2009
An Economist Best Book of 2009
A Kansas City Star Top 100 book of 2009
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Best Books of 2009
Idaho Statesman's Best Books of 2009

Review:

Amazon Best of the Month, February 2009: Buell, Pennsylvania lies in ruins, a dying--if not already dead--steel town, where even the lush surrounding country seethes with concealed industrial toxins. When Isaac English and Billy Poe--a pair of high-school friends straight out of Steinbeck--embark on a starry-eyed cross-country escape to California, a violent encounter with a trio of transients leaves one dead, prying the lid off a rusted can of failed hope and small-town secrets. American Rust is Philipp Meyer's first novel, and his taut, direct prose strikes the perfect tone for this kaleidoscope of fractured dreams, elevating a book that otherwise might be relentlessly dour to the level of honest and unflinching storytelling. (Interestingly, Meyer has a fan in Patricia Cornwell, who name-checked American Rust in her latest novel, Scarpetta, even though Meyer's book hadn't been released yet.) --Jon Foro

Amazon Exclusive: Philipp Meyer on American Rust

In the late seventies, when I was five, my parents moved us to a blue-collar neighborhood in Baltimore. As was the case with most of the old cities of the northeast, Baltimore was in the throes of a serious social collapse. Any industry you could name was falling apart--steel, ship-building, textiles--not to mention the docks and the port. The middle class was evaporating. Even among the neighborhood kids, there was a sense that things were getting worse, not better.

That neighborhood was called Hampden, a place since immortalized in many of John Waters’s films. Back then, even in Baltimore’s often shoddy public schools, Hampden was not a place you wanted to admit you were from--my brother and I often lied when asked where we lived. There were police cars and ambulances on our street with some frequency, men passed out on the sidewalk. My father, a graduate student, once went outside with his pistol to check on a man whom he thought had been murdered near our house.

Even so, there was a strong community and the people who were able did their best to watch out for each other. These were good people, working people, but in the end that didn’t matter--their jobs had disappeared and they tumbled from the middle class into the ranks of what we now call the “working poor.” It was an early lesson into the way life worked for certain segments of our society.

Many years later, after a long and roundabout route to get into and eventually graduate from college, I ended up taking a job on Wall Street. I was proud of my new job, proud I’d gone from high school dropout to Cornell University graduate to Wall Street trader. Naturally, complications soon arose.

One surprising thing was that while in most of the country the closing of a factory was seen as tragic, on Wall Street it was nearly a cause for celebration. Whatever the company in question, closing an American factory caused their stock price to go up. The more jobs were outsourced, the more the company executives made on their stock options, the more investment bankers racked up multi-million dollar bonuses. Meanwhile, a short distance away, thousands of families were being devastated.

While I still have many close friends on Wall Street, after a few years there I knew it was the wrong path. I cared about people, I cared about their stories, I’d stopped caring about money. After leaving the bank I spent my time writing and working jobs in construction and as an EMT; I moved back in with my parents and lived in their basement. In 2005, I lucked into a writing scholarship at the Michener Center for Writers in Austin, Texas, where I wrote the majority of American Rust.

There are thousands of communities in which this book could have taken place, but Pittsburgh and the Monongahela Valley area, where I have many friends and family, seemed like the most natural setting. After thriving for a hundred years, helping to win our wars and build our great cities, the Mon Valley now offers a striking combination of rural beauty and industrial decay. Once the epitome of the American Dream--full of hard-working towns where you could make a name for yourself--the Valley today has the feel of a forgotten place.

This was the backdrop of the story I wanted to tell in American Rust--how events beyond our control can change the way we define our humanity. I think Americans are a tough people, but often our best doesn’t come out until we’re pushed our hardest. This is what I set out to do in the book. I wanted to examine the old American themes of the individual versus society, freedom versus determinism. I wanted to investigate what really makes us human.

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