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FAIR WARNING - Scarce Fine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing: Signed And Dated (Shortly After Publication) by Robert Olen Butler

Butler, Robert Olen

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ISBN 10: 0871138336 / ISBN 13: 9780871138330
Published by New York City, NY: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2002
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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1st Printing. Signed. 225 pages. Published in 2002. The author's eleventh 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 Robert Olen Butler's "Fair Warning". Beautifully and flawlessly written, perhaps his finest achievement since "A Good Scent From A Strange Mountain". Butler shows once again how well he understands the female psyche and how unique he is among contemporary writers in being able to write about female protagonists convincingly, sympathetically, and wonderfully. "Limns a time of questioning in the seemingly successful life of Amy Dickerson, a 40-year-old art auctioneer who works for a major New York establishment just sold to a French concern. Amy will survive this pattern of questioning, of course; this is not a set of life-and-death emergencies, only profoundly emotional ones. Amy is beset by family distractions: An uneasy relationship with her unsteadily married sister and an unresolved relationship with her troubled, widowed mother, both of whom require Amy's time and professional expertise. The elements of a traditional life, marriage and children, fail to strike chords with her. Poses universal questions despite its setting in the rarefied art world. In the end, all readers can relate to Amy's search for answers about what is one's own personal truth" (Publishers Weekly). An absolute "must-have" title for Robert Olen Butler collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and dated (shortly after publication) in black pen on the title page by the author: "3/22/2002 Robert Olen Butler". 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 Pulitzer Prize for Literature in 1993 for "A Good Scent From A Strange Mountain". One of the finest American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ROBERT OLEN BUTLER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0871138336. Bookseller Inventory # 3813

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Title: FAIR WARNING - Scarce Fine Copy of The First...

Publisher: New York City, NY: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition.

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Fair Warning is acclaimed novelist Robert Olen Butler's enthralling glimpse into a Manhattan auction house that caters to the shopping pheromones of the rich and powerful. At age forty, the company's charismatic star employee, Amy Dickerson, is capable of selling a Renoir painting of a pudgy nude for twice its value. Her customers are intoxicated by the objects they covet. And sometimes, such as when the dark and mysterious Trevor locks eyes with Amy as she closes an auction with "fair warning," that object is Amy herself. Selected as a Book Sense 76 title and as a New York Times Summer Reading title, "[Fair Warning] is as frank and sassy as its heroine." -- Amanda Heller, The Boston Globe "Engaging ... fascinating ... accompanied by the wealth of evocative detail one might expect from a recipient of the Pulitzer Prize." -- Les Standiford, The Miami Herald "Once again, [Butler's] language is right on the money in this alternately witty and moving meditation on value and values." -- Ron Charles, The Christian Science Monitor "Butler has created one of the more fascinating female protagonists in recent history." -- Kirkus Reviews "Fair Warning deserves our praise, but its author also deserves our gratitude, for his continued risk-taking and stubbornly singular sensibility." -- Todd Kliman, The Washington Post

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Writers should be wary of titles that can be used against them. Fair Warning is just what the reader may need when considering this sparkling but featherweight depiction of the auction world. In his 11th novel, celebrated writer Robert Olen Butler explores the allure of possession. Amy Dickerson is a charismatic and penetrating auctioneer, the star of her New York auction house, who feels as comfortable flirting from the podium as extolling the virtues of a minor Rembrandt nude. Needless to say, she's slender, rich, and beautiful. Enter Alain Bouchard, the charming, well-educated, and too-good-to-be-true Frenchman who is buying her auction house--and trying to acquire Amy too. Although there are some lovely passages in Fair Warning, and it avoids the stock romantic ending that it appears to lean toward, Butler relies too much on the glamour of great wealth. Ultimately, he ends up short-changing the reader. --Regina Marler

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