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Russo, Richard

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ISBN 10: 0394744098 / ISBN 13: 9780394744094
Published by Random House, Incorporated, New York, NY, U.S.A., 1986
Condition: Near Fine + Soft cover
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First Edition Stated with no other printings indicated. A beautiful copy which appears unread. Spine and wraps are in near perfect condition without creasing. Light tanning to page edges. Author's first book. Bookseller Inventory # 001488

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Title: Mohawk

Publisher: Random House, Incorporated, New York, NY, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1986

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition: Near Fine +

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket as Issued

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition

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[publisher: New York City, NY: Vintage Contemporaries, 1986] First Edition 1st Printing. 418 pages. Published in 1986. The author's debut novel. One of the most important American literary debuts of the last quarter of the 20th century. Text by Richard Russo. . Presents the author's cult debut novel. "I know of no novel in recent years so truly American, so fully peopled, so traditional without the merest nostalgia for novels or times that never were, or so ascendant. Singular and brilliant" (Bill Buford, GRANTA Magazine). A brilliant debut, this is a "must-have" title for Richard Russo collectors. This copy is prominently and beautifully signed in black fountain pen on the title page by Richard Russo. The First Hardcover Edition appeared in the United Kingdom in 1987 while the American hardcover did not appear until 2001,


The town of Mohawk may be provincial but it's far from sleepy. Its inhabitants seem perpetually awake, and not only on Saturday at two in the morning, "when the bars are closing and people are forced to consider the prospect of returning home with so many of the night's dreams unfulfilled." Richard Russo focuses on several characters who are leading lives of extreme--and extremely funny--longing. Dallas Younger, for instance, hit his peak playing high-school football, and it's been downhill from there. He has no idea what women, particularly his ex-wife, are thinking, which makes him really glad there are none in on the local poker game. And he's still at a loss to figure out why he has no relationship with his son (probably something to do with the fact that he never sees him). Even the calendar at the local grill is for 1966, since the owner figures "the months are the same" and being a few days out of whack doesn't matter. This same man has a private betting system. Choosing among the top jockeys isn't that hard--he tries to assess their current levels of pride, concentration, and desire. Richard Russo shows us that these same qualities exist in his hard-luck characters.

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