Title: ASH WEDNESDAY - Rare Fine Copy of The First ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2002
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 221 pages. Published in 2002. The author's second novel. 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 Ethan Hawke's "Ash Wednesday". A triumphant achievement. Inspired by his experience as a young father and husband (of Uma Thurman), Ethan Hawke, the actor/film star/stage impresario/director, has written a bittersweet, thoughtful, and charming second novel which goes down smoothly whether one reads it in one or several sittings. Best-known as a serious and immensely talented actor who appeared in such films as "Dead Poets Society", "Reality Bites", "Before Sunrise", "Before Sunset", an audacious updated version of "Hamlet", and "Boyhood", among numerous other films, Ethan Hawke has a remarkable body of cinematic and theatrical work behind him. He is also the Artistic Director of the Malaparte Theater Company New York. His novel is well-written and has received considerable serious critical praise, which is quite a feat in this country, where a person with many talents is not allowed to succeed by the levelling tendency of mass culture. An absolute "must-have" title for Ethan Hawke fans and collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and inscribed in black pen on the title page by the author: "It's always a pleasure. Thank you. Ethan Hawke". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. The recipient is named, and is a colleague/friend of the author. This title is a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed and inscribed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Ethan Hawke made very few appearances to promote the book when it first appeared in 2002, but he did not "personalize" due to time constraints. That is why in our "Flat-Signed" Age, the more a writer leaves of himself on the page, the more collectible the copy is, not the other way around. A rare signed copy thus. One of the most brilliant American artist/writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ETHAN HAWKE TITLE IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 037541326X. Bookseller Inventory # 13402
Synopsis: From the actor and writer Ethan Hawke: a piercing novel of love, marriage, and renewal.
Jimmy is AWOL from the army, but-with characteristic fierceness and terror-he's about to embark on the biggest commitment of his life. Christy is pregnant with Jimmy's child, and she's determined to head home, with or without Jimmy, to face up to her past and prepare for the future. Somehow, barreling across America from Albany to New Orleans to Ohio and Texas in a souped-up Chevy Nova, Christy and Jimmy are transformed from passionate but conflicted lovers into a young family on a magnificent journey.
Ash Wednesday is a novel of blazing emotion and remarkable grace, a tale that captures the intensity-the excitement, fear, and joy-of being on the threshold of the mysterious country of marriage and parenthood. Powerful, assured, large of heart, and punctuated by moments of tremendous humor, it represents, for Hawke the novelist, a major leap forward.
From the Publisher: Ash Wednesday is a novel of blazing emotion and remarkable grace, a tale that captures what it feels like to be on the verge of marriage and parenthood, at the threshold of life changes that are at once painful and wondrous.
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