Title: EVERYDAY PEOPLE - Scarce Fine Copy of The ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Grove Press, 2001
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 295 pages. Published in 2001. The author's sixth novel. 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 Stewart O'Nan's "Everyday People". His sixth, and in many ways, most unusual novel. The book is dedicated to John Edgar Wideman, one of the best African-American writers of our time, and only O'Nan would dare write about the African-American experience from an outsider's perspective. "The protean O'Nan seems determined to touch nearly every facet of human experience in a remarkable variety of times and places. He has created distinctive, almost palpable worlds rich in moral complexities. O'Nan's empathy for his characters conveys their sense of frustration and powerlessness, the restlessness of teenagers and the older generations' stoic dignity" (Publishers Weekly). An absolute "must-have" title for Stewart O'Nan collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in blue pen on the title page by Stewart O'Nan. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate. This title is now collectible. 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. One of the finest American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER STEWART O'NAN TITLE IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0802116817. Bookseller Inventory # 10441
Synopsis: Selected by Granta as one of America's Best Young Novelists, Stewart O'Nan has created award-winning fiction that's been hailed by critics for its evocative lyricism and finely wrought characters. In his new novel, Everyday People, O'Nan brings together the stories of the residents of one Pittsburgh neighborhood to create a lush, dramatic portrait that vividly captures the experience of the day-to-day struggle that is life in urban America. Set in the African-American community of East Liberty during one fateful week in the early fall of 1998, the novel centers around Chris "Crest" Tolbert -- an eighteen-year-old left paralyzed and haunted by the loss of his best friend after a recent accident -- and weaves together the lives of friends and family, lovers and strangers, and their emotions, memories, and dreams. There is Vanessa, Crest's estranged girlfriend and the mother of his son, who finds her life at a crossroads as she comes to terms with her former boyfriend's injuries, while her view of the world is being transformed by a night class on African-American culture. There is Crest's brother Eugene, nicknamed "U," an ex-con turned born-again Christian who is trying to stay straight while intervening to prevent the endless cycle of urban violence from claiming the life of the younger brother of one of his best friends, a victim of drugs. And there is Crest and U's father, Harold, who must choose between the passion of his newfound love for a young gay man and a family that needs him now more than ever. Vibrant, poignant, and brilliantly rendered, Everyday People is an unforgettable novel destined to be beloved by readers and acclaimed by critics.
From AudioFile: Giancarlo Esposito drops the listener right into the struggles of daily life among residents of East Liberty, Pennsylvania. He delivers the right amount of feeling to O'Nan's story of suffering among inner-city residents coming to terms with the various hardships in their lives. With characters ranging from a born-again ex-con to a single mother attending college and a middle-aged father discovering his homosexuality, Esposito reads real feeling into each character. The story revolves around Crest, a young man confined to a wheelchair. Vivid writing coupled with an enthusiastic and smartly urban reading, however, are not enough to overcome an overly aggressive abridgment. H.L.S. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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