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BLUE RIVER - Scarce Fine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing: Signed by Ethan Canin

Canin, Ethan

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ISBN 10: 0395498546 / ISBN 13: 9780395498545
Published by Boston, MA: Houghton And Mifflin, 1991
Used Condition: Fine Hardcover
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1st Printing. Signed. 220 pages. Published in 1991. The author's debut 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 Ethan Canin's "Blue River". His highly acclaimed debut novel, following the success of "Emperor of The Air", his debut collection of short stories and first book. "Two very different brothers live out their separate lives and then come together after years of being apart. Dr. Edward Sellers is a wealthy ophthalmologist and responsible family man, cautious to a fault. His brother Lawrence lives in a wild, ragged world of his own unhinged imagination and shattered dreams. While Edward was always the good son, Lawrence brought his family shame. As the brothers are reunited, their past seizes them both, revealing the power of their bond, the complexity of their love, and the shocking betrayal of one by the other. A novel that plumbs the depths of family, indeed of love itself, a truly unforgettable literary event" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Ethan Canin collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Ethan Canin. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of 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. A scarce signed copy thus. Winner of the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship. Selected by The New Yorker Magazine as one of the "Twenty Writers for the 21st Century". One of the finest American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ETHAN CANIN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0395498546. Bookseller Inventory # 10045

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Title: BLUE RIVER - Scarce Fine Copy of The First ...

Publisher: Boston, MA: Houghton And Mifflin, 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition.

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The long-awaited novel by the author of the bestselling Emperor of the Air is a story of astounding power and sensibility. Lawrence and Edward are two brothers who haven't seen each other in ten years. Lawrence--a drifter, a gambler, a man of questionable character--appears on the cautious Edward's doorstep, challenging his beliefs and forcing him to recall their tumultuous childhood and uncover a long-buried story of monstrous betrayal.

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This eloquent story of two men destined to become "good brother" and "bad brother" is an ambitious but ultimately disappointing novel by the author of the acclaimed 1988 collection Emperor of the Air. Edward, a successful California ophthalmologist, finds a bum on his doorstep one morning, only to realize that it's his estranged brother Lawrence, whose life has gone steadily downhill. Edward manages to get Lawrence out of town, but the meeting has been an overdue awakening for Edward, and the remainder of the story consists of his examination of their shared past, written in a first-person narrative told to a "you" who is Lawrence. "Always do what you're afraid of," Lawrence had advised Edward when they were growing up in Wisconsin. Lawrence got into fights, seduced girls, stole, caused destruction. Edward was studious, active in the community. Each played the part assigned, it seemed by their mother, although Edward now thinks that Lawrence had a secret purpose in behaving as he did. The revelations of Edward's melancholy, truth-seeking exploration may lead to a rapprochement. Along the way, confusion about what happened in the ambiguous past, betrayals and the chaos of their shared history are unfurled with precision and grace. But Canin's attempt to get inside Edward's psyche results in a flattened tone and lack of passion, perhaps intended to provoke the reader into making his own judgment about which brother is good and which is evil. The effect, however, is to distance the reader too thoroughly; the characters' interior landscapes are bleak and the narrative lacks dramatic momentum. In the end, this promising novel is itself somewhat flat and disaffecting. $100,000 ad/promo; author tour.
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