Title: BACK IN THE WORLD: STORIES - Rare Fine Copy ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Houghton And Mifflin, 1985
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 221 pages. Published in 1985. The author's second collection of short stories. 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. It is one of Tobias Wolff's single most scarce titles. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Tobias Wolff's "Back In The World". The author has earned the deep respect and admiration of his many readers for his compelling stories marked by honesty and insight. This collection of ten pieces is tied together by Wolff's impeccable style and unyielding interest in "those moments when moral confusion crystallizes into clear, shining action and understanding". His characters, situations, and themes become familiar over time: Children recognize the failings of their parents; men and women attempt to bridge the distance between themselves, and singular events shape everyday feelings into a new and more meaningful reality. A triumphant achievement, this is an absolute "must-have" title for Tobias Wolff collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Tobias Wolff. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a late-modern classic. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and despite the DJ's imperfection (slight wear on DJ corners and spine) is still in fine condition: All of the internal pages are clean, crisp, and bright, without any of the soiling, markings, and foxing found in other copies available online. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award in 1985 for "The Barracks Thief". One of the most influential and important American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER TOBIAS WOLFF TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0395354161. Bookseller Inventory # 10792
Synopsis: To American soldiers in Vietnam, "back in the world" meant America and safety. To Tobias Wolff's characters, Back in the World is where lives that have veered out of control just might become normal again. Unfortunately, the men and women in these gripping, pungent, and wonderfully skewed stories have only the vaguest notion of what normal is. A gentle priest finds himself in a Vegas hotel with a hysterical, sun-burned stranger. A show-biz hopeful undergoes a dubious audition in a hearse speeding across the California desert. An aging soldier is distracted from a night of philandering by a gun-toting neighbor and a suicidal enlisted man. As he moves among these unfortunates, Wolff observes the disparity between their realities and their dreams, in ten stories of exhilarating lucidity and grace.
Stories included are: "The Missing Person," "Say Yes," "The Poor Are Always With Us," "Sister," "Soldier's Joy," "Desert Breakdown," "Our Story Begins," "Leviathan," and "The Rich Brother."
"Terrific...The magic of his fiction cannot be explained. It is the ancient art of the master storyteller."--Tim O'Brien
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