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MARCH - Scarce Pristine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing: Signed by Geraldine Brooks

Brooks, Geraldine

ISBN 10: 0670033359 / ISBN 13: 9780670033355
Published by New York City, NY: Viking Press, 2005
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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1st Printing. Signed. 280 pages. Published in 2005. The author's breakthrough second 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 Geraldine Brooks' "March". Her masterly novel on the American Civil War. "Imagines the Civil War experiences of Mr. March, the absent father in Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. His narrative begins with cheerful letters home, but March gradually reveals to the reader what he does not to his family: The cruelty and racism of Northern and Southern soldiers, the violence and suffering he is powerless to prevent, and his reunion with Grace, a beautiful, educated slave. Brooks, who based the character of March on Alcott's Transcendentalist father, Bronson, relies heavily on primary sources for both the Concord and wartime scenes. Her characters speak with a convincing 19th-century formality yet the narrative is always accessible. Through the shattered dreamer March and a host of achingly human minor characters, Brooks's affecting, beautifully written novel drives home the intimate horrors and ironies of the Civil War and the difficulty of living honestly with the knowledge of human suffering" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Geraldine Brooks collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Geraldine Brooks. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Brooks' signature on this copy is one of the most beautiful we have ever seen: Big, flowing, elegant. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing (number line beginning in 1) still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Signed copies command as much as $400 online. A scarce signed copy thus. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2006 for "March". One of the finest writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER GERALDINE BROOKS TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0670033359. Bookseller Inventory # 18794

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Title: MARCH - Scarce Pristine Copy of The First ...

Publisher: New York City, NY: Viking Press, 2005

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition.

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As the North reels under a series of unexpected defeats during the dark first year of the war, one man leaves behind his family to aid the Union cause. His experiences will utterly change his marriage and challenge his most ardently held beliefs. Riveting and elegant as it is meticulously researched, March is an extraordinary novel woven out of the lore of American history.

From Louisa May Alcott’s beloved classic Little Women, Geraldine Brooks has taken the character of the absent father, March, who has gone off to war, leaving his wife and daughters to make do in mean times. To evoke him, Brooks turned to the journals and letters of Bronson Alcott, Louisa May’s father—a friend and confidant of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. In her telling, March emerges as an idealistic chaplain in the little known backwaters of a war that will test his faith in himself and in the Union cause as he learns that his side, too, is capable of acts of barbarism and racism. As he recovers from a near mortal illness, he must reassemble his shattered mind and body and find a way to reconnect with a wife and daughters who have no idea of the ordeals he has been through.

Spanning the vibrant intellectual world of Concord and the sensuous antebellum South, March adds adult resonance to Alcott’s optimistic children’s tale to portray the moral complexity of war, and a marriage tested by the demands of extreme idealism—and by a dangerous and illicit attraction. A lushly written, wholly original tale steeped in the details of another time, March secures Geraldine Brooks’s place as an internationally renowned author of historical fiction.

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"A very great book... It breathes new life into the historical fiction genre [and] honors the best of the imagination."
Chicago Tribune

"A beautifully wrought story about how war dashes ideals, unhinges moral certainties and drives a wedge of bitter experience and unspeakable memories between husband and wife."
Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Inspired... A disturbing, supple, and deeply satisfying story, put together with craft and care and imagery worthy of a poet."
The Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Louisa May Alcott would be well pleased."
The Economist

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