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Ana Imagined

Ireland, Perrin

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ISBN 10: 1555973000 / ISBN 13: 9781555973001
Published by Graywolf Press, Saint Paul, Minnesota, 2000
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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First Graywolf printing 2000, stated; first printing, full number line. Signed by the author on the title page: "Perrin Ireland." The author's debut novel. The book is tight, square, and unmarked; corners sharp, tail of spine lightly bumped. The dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $22.95); Brodart protected. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 001813

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Title: Ana Imagined

Publisher: Graywolf Press, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.

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Perrin Ireland's debut novel yells the story of two women brought together by the galvanizing forces of war and imagination.

Anne is a privileged writer living in Cambridge and still tormented by a brutal act from her past. Ana is a cosmopolitan Muslim poet living in Sarajevo and enjoying a comfortable middle-class existence. Both are irrevocably changed when the peace of Sarajevo is shattered by snipers' bullets. Anne glimpses Ana's battered face on an evening newscast and begins to wonder how she can possibly respond to this distant suffering.

Ana becomes the story that Anne is compelled to tell. The novel she undertakes-- Ana Imagined-- is a fast-moving, vivid account of Ana's everyday life, transformed overnight by war into a struggle for all that was once taken for granted: food, a night's sleep, an open window, a trip out for ice cream. But what begins as a wrenching tale of survival evolves into a haunting journey of discovery as Ana reveals a secret of her own. In an evocative exploration of the boundaries of compassion and love, we are left mesmerized by the fragility, and resilience, imbedded in the lives of these two women.

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"In Ana Imagined, her extraordinary debut novel, Perrin Ireland explores the creative process, illuminating with powerful revelations those points where fiction and reality meet. Each vivid story neatly housed within another is testament to an abiding strength and faith-- and each serves as reminder that every story has a life all its own. A wonderful novel-- moving and memorable." Jill McCorkle

"Ana Imagined is a powerful, and powerfully unsettling, novel, certainly one of the most original works of art to have been inspired by the horror of Bosnia, and its author, Perrin Ireland, takes more risks than an undercover agent slipping behind enemy lines. I can't help but applaud her steely courage and her steady nerve, both put to such high service: this remarkable book." Bob Shacochis

"Perrin Ireland is a fearless writer and Ana Imagined is a novel of unusual imagination and depth. As the narrative shuttles between Bosnia and Boston, she introduces us to two splendid heroines and forces us to consider once again the perilous intersection of public and private history. A remarkable debut." Margot Livesey

"I am full of admiration for Ana Imagined, a page turner with many daring scenes, which draws two moving portraits of women who have undergone traumas but continue with their lives. This action-filled novel provides such a wonderful balance between the two stories, and all the skillful parallels work. I have nothing but compliments." Sheila Kohler

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