DISSIDENT GARDENS - Scarce Pristine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing: Signed And Dated (Shortly After Publication) by Jonathan Lethem
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1st Printing. Signed. 375 pages. Published in 2013. The author's ninth novel. One of the most important literary events of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly copies that are signed on a tipped-in page. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. Presents Jonathan Lethem's "Dissident Gardens". His epic-family saga of a novel, and arguably his best in years. "Shows Lethem in full possession of his powers as a novelist, as he smoothly segues between historical periods and internal worlds. Erudite, beautifully written, wise, compassionate, heartbreaking, and devoid of nostalgia" (Los Angeles Times). "A dysfunctional family embodies a dysfunctional epoch, as the novelist continues his ambitious journey through decades, generations, and the boroughs of New York. So frequently funny that it reads like an homage to Philip Roth" (Kirkus Reviews). An absolute "must-have" title for Jonathan Lethem collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed and dated (shortly after publication) in black pen on the title page by the author: "Jonathan Lethem 10.5.13". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page, as most copies available online are. Laid-in is the Souvenir Bookmark of the bookstore which hosted the signing. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of very few such signed and dated copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Most signed copies available online are on a tipped-in page, which does not have the same collectible value. A scarce signed copy thus. Winner of the Crawford Award for Best Fantasy Novel and the Locus Award for Best First Novel in 1994 for "Gun, With Occasional Music". Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1999 for "Motherless Brooklyn". Selected as one of the "Best Books of The Year" by the New York Times in 2003 for "Fortress of Solitude". Winner of the MacArthur Genius Grant in 2005. One of the most brilliant new voices in American literature. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JONATHAN LETHEM TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0385534930. Bookseller Inventory # 18341
About this title:
At the center of Jonathan Lethem?s superb new novel stand two extraordinary women: Rose Zimmer, the aptly nicknamed Red Queen of Sunnyside, Queens, is an unreconstructed Communist who savages neighbors, family, and political comrades with the ferocity of her personality and the absolutism of her beliefs. Her precocious and willful daughter, Miriam, equally passionate in her activism, flees Rose?s influence to embrace the dawning counterculture of Greenwich Village.
These women cast spells over the men in their lives: Rose?s aristocratic German Jewish husband, Albert; her cousin, the feckless chess hustler Lenny Angrush; Cicero Lookins, the brilliant son of her black cop lover; Miriam?s (slightly fraudulent) Irish folksinging husband, Tommy Gogan; their bewildered son, Sergius. Flawed and idealistic, Lethem?s characters struggle to inhabit the utopian dream in an America where radicalism is viewed with bemusement, hostility, or indifference.
As the decades pass?from the parlor communism of the ?30s, McCarthyism, the civil rights movement, ragged ?70s communes, the romanticization of the Sandinistas, up to the Occupy movement of the moment?we come to understand through Lethem?s extraordinarily vivid storytelling that the personal may be political, but the political, even more so, is personal.
Lethem?s characters may pursue their fates within History with a capital H, but his novel is?at its mesmerizing, beating heart?about love.
"The cast makes for a heady, swirly mix of fascinating, lonely people. Lethem?s writing, as always, packs a witty punch. The epoch each character inhabits is artfully etched and the book is as illuminating of 20th-century American history as it is of the human burden of overcoming alienation." ( Publisher's Weekly)
"Lethem is breathtaking in this torrent of potent voices, searing ironies, popculture allusions, and tragicomic complexities. He shreds the folk scene, eviscerates quiz shows...and offers unusual perspectives on societal debacles and tragic injustices. A righteous, stupendously involving novel about the personal toll of failed political movements and the perplexing obstacles to doing good." ( Booklist (starred review))
"Lethem has written a brilliant, funny, compendious novel at whose heart lies a sharp, slim blade of thought and style." (Rachel Cusk Guardian)
"Superb? Dissident Gardens can be placed squarely in the canon of the great American social novel." (Ayana Mathis Financial Times)
"This epic family novel criss-crosses generations from the Fifties to the present day." ( Tatler)
Title: DISSIDENT GARDENS - Scarce Pristine Copy of ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 2013
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
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