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Bonneville Blue : Stories (SIGNED Plus SIGNED NOTE)

Chase, Joan

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ISBN 10: 0374115397 / ISBN 13: 9780374115395
Published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux, LLC, New York, NY, U.S.A., 1991
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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1st Edition/1st Printing. SIGNED and inscribed by author on half-title. Also includes laid-in a handwritten SIGNED note (ANS) from author saying she'd be ahppy to sign 'Bonnevile Blue'. $19.95 price present on DJ flap. Nice signed copy with associated letter. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 000990

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Title: Bonneville Blue : Stories (SIGNED Plus ...

Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, LLC, New York, NY, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition

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A collection of stories features the tale of a divorced woman reminiscing with her ex, a husband consumed by home improvements, a woman's recollection of her odd bond with the school tomboy, and a small-town wife obsessed with a drifter. Reprint.

From Kirkus Reviews:

Chase's first collection displays the same subtlety and grace that distinguish her lyrical novels (During the Reign of the Queen of Persia, 1983; The Evening Wolves, 1989) from most other fiction about domestic life. There's nothing formulaic or predictable about these 11 nuanced tales about girls growing into their sexuality, women troubled by bad marriages, and men possessed by dreams of a better life. The young narrator of ``Aunt Josie'' learns about masculine desire and feminine wile by watching her beautiful and entrancing aunt, who lives at a state farm for boys where her husband is the athletic director and her niece visits for the summer. In ``J.C. Peach,'' an adolescent girl, infatuated with a more self-possessed classmate, shares with her the bond of their first periods. Slightly older, the 16-year-old narrator of ``Elderberries and Souls'' has a wild crush on her stepuncle until his dark moodiness sends her running back to her loyal beau, a less complex fellow her own age. In ``The Harrier,'' a married woman ``in a mist of yearning'' lusts for a local artist/mechanic, a younger man much closer to nature and more at peace with himself than her insensitive husband. Divorced women overcome self-pity and guilt in encounters with people worse off than they in ``Crowing'' and ``Ghost Dance.'' In ``Black Ice,'' a wife separated from her husband reviews on the phone their history of car accidents after he's survived a dramatic one alone. Chase's men are often driven by a fear of failure and a vision of a simpler life: the grandfather/defense-analyst in ``The Whole of the World'' must prove he's a better woodsman than his sons-in-law; the manic husband in ``An Energy Crisis'' changes his grand scheme with each job transfer; and the prep-school teacher in ``Jack Pine Savage,'' having abandoned his Ph.D. for the exigencies of a family, dreams of life as a French trapper in Canada. The title story, about life in a lower-middle-class housing development, is typical of Chase's superior storytelling skills--it's so multidimensional it resists paraphrase. Once again, Chase brings extraordinary elegance and imagination to everyday realism. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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