First Edition. Hardcover. New edition of the Permanent Press edition of 1992. Signed & dated by Owen on the title page. This is the first printing of this edition, with number line "98765432". (There was no "1" in Villard number lines at this time - some may believe this to be a second printing because of the "2"; however, it is not - it is a first). 8vo boards & cloth. Bookseller Inventory # 11162
Synopsis: Now available in paperback, comes a successful and beautifully-written novel about a decent North Carolina farmer haunted by errors and redeemed by faith. Painstakingly honest, Littlejohn is "a character as fully rounded in his quirks and imperfections, in his quiet determination and bravery, as any in recent fiction."--Washington Post. National reading tour.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
From Kirkus Reviews: An 82-year-old North Carolina farmer tries to accept his past- -in a quiet, tender, and moving first novel. Widower Littlejohn McCain sees no point in living any longer. His grown daughter in Virginia doesn't need him; his senses are failing. But he can't commit suicide: God would never forgive him, and what he most wants is forgiveness. He goes out in the midday sun hoping that ``the monkey''--heatstroke--will get him, and while he waits, reviews his life. From this seemingly conventional setup emerges an engaging memoir of a moral, thoughtful man who tried to be good and yet transgressed in ways he can scarcely comprehend: he killed his brother Lafe in a childhood accident--the ramifications of which become clear only at the end of the novel--and unwittingly failed people who counted on him, including his own son. In rural speech that's evocative and never overdone, Littlejohn provides a vivid picture of a unique corner of North Carolina while recalling his early humiliations in the schoolroom; his lonely withdrawal into hard work; his first affair--at age 27--with a Lumbee Indian; his witnessing of concentration camps in WW II (which profoundly affected his attitude toward race); his marriage to much-loved Sara, who teaches him, at age 40, to read. Visiting grandson Justin narrates some interesting sections, but daughter Georgia's account of the breakup of her marriage and her travels in Europe with a lover seem an irrelevant and irritating interruption. Littlejohn is a good, imperfect man and, like this book, good company. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
Title: LITTLEJOHN A Novel
Publication Date: 1993
Book Condition: Very Fine in Like DJ.
Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: First Edition.
Book Description Villard Books, New York, 1993. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. 2nd printing. Signed, Dated (Sept 2, 1993) and Inscribed by author on Full title page. As new, unread. Unclipped, no remainder mark. In protective cover. From the library of noted collector Larry Owens. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 001526
Book Description Villard, 1992. Soft Cover. First Edition. Advance Readers Copy is As new condition in pictorial wraps. Signed by Author. Seller Inventory # 30249
Book Description Villard Books, New York, 1993. 1/4 Cloth. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. A Near Fine first printing of the first edition with light soiling in a Fine dust-jacket, signed and inscribed by author Howard Owen; First Edition; First Printing; Signed by Author. Seller Inventory # 24072