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HOME - Rare Pristine Copy of The First American Edition/First Printing: Signed by Marilynne Robinson

Robinson, Marilynne

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ISBN 10: 0374299102 / ISBN 13: 9780374299101
Published by New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2008
Condition: As New Hardcover
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1st Printing. Signed. 336 pages. Published in 2008. The author's third novel. Now considered a contemporary classic. The first appearance of the title in the United States. 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 Marilynne Robinson's "Home". Her sequel-of-sorts to "Gilead" (2004). One of the most influential and beloved writers of our time (despite a slim output, two novels essentially, both of them regarded as masterpieces by critics and readers alike), Robinson has now written "Home", a contemporary re-telling of the parable of the Prodigal Son. The son in question is Jack Boughton, one of Robert Boughton's many children. The former Gilead pastor is ill and dying. Like his Biblical predecessor, Jack returns home after a very long absence of twenty years, just as his sister Glory does, to see and console his father before he dies. What does it mean to come home? Every character, especially not just incidentally the dying pastor, is searching for that answer. "There is a simplicity to this story that belies the complexity of its characters. They are bound together by a profound capacity for love and by an equally powerful sense of private conviction that tries the ties that bind but never breaks them. It's a delicate tension that you think would resist exposition, and in fact these characters seem to want nothing more than, as Glory says, to treat 'one another's deceptions like truth'. Marilynne Robinson's fine, tender prose imbues this family's secrets with an overwhelming grace" (Anne Bartholomew). "In giving an ancient drama of grace and perdition such a strong domestic set-up, Robinson stakes a fierce claim to a divine recognition behind the rituals of home" (Publishers Weekly). An absolute "must-have" title for Marilynne Robinson collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Marilynne Robinson. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate. It comes with a copy of the 16-page Souvenir Program of the Printers Row Book Fair Chicago 2016, which she headlined, and during which her signature was obtained. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Signed copies of the First Canadian Edition available online (which was released one day before the American, is therefore being peddled as the true first, and price-gouged as such) command more than an incredible $2000. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award in 1981 for "Housekeeping". Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2004 and the Pulitzer Prize in 2005 for "Gilead". "Housekeeping" was selected by The New York Times panel of writers, critics, and editors as one of the Top 20 works of American fiction of the last 25 years. One of the greatest American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER MARILYNNE ROBINSON TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0374299102. Bookseller Inventory # 13926

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Title: HOME - Rare Pristine Copy of The First ...

Publisher: New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2008

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition.

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Synopsis:

Hundreds of thousands were enthralled by the luminous voice of John Ames in Gilead, Marilynne Robinson's Pulitzer Prize–winning novel. Home is an entirely independent, deeply affecting novel that takes place concurrently in the same locale, this time in the household of Reverend Robert Boughton, Ames's closest friend.

Glory Boughton, aged thirty-eight, has returned to Gilead to care for her dying father. Soon her brother, Jack―the prodigal son of the family, gone for twenty years―comes home too, looking for refuge and trying to make peace with a past littered with tormenting trouble and pain.

Jack is one of the great characters in recent literature. A bad boy from childhood, an alcoholic who cannot hold a job, he is perpetually at odds with his surroundings and with his traditionalist father, though he remains Boughton's most beloved child. Brilliant, lovable, and wayward, Jack forges an intense bond with Glory and engages painfully with Ames, his godfather and namesake.

Home is a moving and healing book about families, family secrets, and the passing of the generations, about love and death and faith. It is Robinson's greatest work, an unforgettable embodiment of the deepest and most universal emotions.

Home is a 2008 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction.

Review:

Amazon Best of the Month, September 2008: "What does it mean to come home?" In one way or another, every character in Home is searching for that answer. Glory Boughton, now 38 and lovelorn, has returned to Gilead to care for her dying father. Her wayward brother Jack also finds his way back, though his is an uneasy homecoming, reverberating with the scandal that drove him away twenty years earlier. Glory and Jack unravel their stories slowly, speaking to each other more in movements than in words--a careful glance here, a chair pulled out from the table there--against a domestic backdrop so richly imagined you may be fooled into believing their house is your own. Meanwhile, their father, whose ebullient love for his children is a welcome counterpoint to Glory and Jack's conflicted emotions, experiences his own kind of reckoning as he yearns to understand his troubled son. There is a simplicity to this story that belies the complexity of its characters--they are bound together by a profound capacity for love and by an equally powerful sense of private conviction that tries the ties that bind, but never breaks them. It's a delicate sort of tension that you think would resist exposition--and in fact these characters seem to want nothing more than, as Glory says, to treat "one another's deceptions like truth"--but Marilynne Robinson's fine, tender prose imbues this family's secrets with an overwhelming grace. --Anne Bartholomew

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