Title: It Had to Be You: The Joan and Ernest Story
Publisher: Avisson Pr Inc
Publication Date: 1997
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: First Edition.
Signed by Author 1888105194 This hardcover book is square and tight. The boards and spine have no wear with pristine lettering. The pages and endpages are clean, with no markings or folds. The dustjacket is As New. Original Price is intact. Not ex-lib. No remainder mark. Signed by the Author on the title page with the following personalized inscription in her hand: "For Gwen, with all good wishes". Bookseller Inventory # 003377
Synopsis: Melissa Malouf writes with a directness that instantly captures our attention Joan and Ernest are as uncanny and memorable a duet as any I've read. In It Had to Be You, we follow the precarious, at times joyful, always mesmerizing tightrope walk of their marriage, which goes from high wit and passion to severe melancholy, and finally to estrangement.Very smart, very savvy, and frightfully modern in the way she navigates us through the sexual labyrinth of our time, Ms. Malouf writes with wild freedom and hard edge all at once. This novel emanates a kind of wry, anxious, erotic heat.-Howard Norman"Melissa Malouf writes almost literally from her intelligence. She has all the other gifts and qualities of an elegant writer; but what is ultimately so haunting and finally so winning about her fiction is the beautifully concealed presence within it of a genuine rarity-a powerful mind always thinking its way through imaginary lives with a hungry curiosity, a passion for sympathy, a tolerant wit, and a guarantee to reward the reader's investment of time and care."-Reynolds Price"It Had to Be You is remarkable for its drop-dead irony punctuated by moments of poetic insight."-Publishers WeeklyMarch 3, 1997It Had to Be You is a grown-up story about a marriage not made anywhere within the vicinity of Heaven. Yet it is no mere dysfunctional shoot-out. Joan and Ernest are clearly made for each other. When he tells her, well into the marriage, that "suspense is good," we believe him, maybe even cheer for him. Both of them are, after all, far more fragile than they would like to think they are-which is why they are both a perfect fit and a perfect mismatch, whose dialogue (interior and exterior) brings to the fore the edgy lyrics of some of our favorite "love" songs.
About the Author: Melissa Malouf grew up and was educated in Southern California. For the last many years, she has been teaching literature and creative writing at Duke University, where she is an award-winning professor. One of the stories in her first book, No Guarantees, was awarded the coveted Pushcart Prize.
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