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Dying Young (Signed First Edition)

Marti Leimbach

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ISBN 10: 038526724X / ISBN 13: 9780385267243
Published by Doubleday, 1989
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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NY: Doubleday, 1990. First edition. First printing. Hardbound. Fine/Fine. SIGNED BY AUTHOR on title page and dated by her in January 1990. Her first book and source for the movie. Bookseller Inventory # 1334

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Title: Dying Young (Signed First Edition)

Publisher: Doubleday

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition...

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When Hilary O’Neill answers an ad to care for a man with a terminal illness she ends up falling in love with Victor, a fascinating, witty, complex person, whose illness has spanned half of his young life. As Victor’s health deteriorates, days with him in their secluded house by the winter sea become more difficult. Hilary finds herself drawn to Gordon, who befriends the couple and makes a bid for her heart.

From Publishers Weekly:

The premise of this first novel is initially provocative: Victor, a rich young man, intelligent and talented, chooses to end his treatment for leukemia and spend his remaining months with Hilary, the young woman hired to take care of him. Having fallen in love, the pair moves from Boston to the seaside community of Hull, "a discreet place to die," where Hilary becomes powerfully attracted to Gordon, a divorced entrepreneur. Torn by longing for a "normal" relationship with Gordon and guilt over betraying Victor, Hilary gradually confronts her chronic insecurity and feelings of inadequacy. Although this slim story begins with grace and assurance, the narrative soon becomes tiresome as the three chief characters take on the whiny, self-absorbed behavior of adolescents. We never understand why the rabbity heroine is so appealing to two men; Gordon callously threatens to tell his dying rival (and new friend) about his own affair with Hilary. Even Victor, supposedly determined to bow out of life with courage, is surly and arrogant; he says he has chosen to commit suicide because fighting his disease is "boring." While Leimbach shows promise, her first effort is a disappointment. First serial to Cosmopolitan; film rights to Fogwood/20th Century Fox .
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