Title: A RELATIVE STRANGER: STORIES - Scarce Fine ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: W. W. Norton & Company, 1990
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 223 pages. Published in 1990. The author's third collection of short stories. 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 Charles Baxter's "A Relative Stranger". His best short story collection. Baxter's lifelong subject is the oldest (and if one has nothing new to say, most banal) one: Love. His singular contribution is the wise and tender evocation of its myriad manifestations. Here are thirteen short stories which explore love in all of its imaginable human relationships: Love that is lost, found, unrequited, and rediscovered; love in youth, middle, and old age. "In his quiet cosmic wonderment, Baxter is the equal of John Updike and Anne Tyler at their largest and best" (John Berendt). An absolute "must-have" title for Charles Baxter collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in blue pen on the title page by Charles Baxter. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Many copies available online have serious flaws. A scarce signed copy thus. Winner of the National Endowment for the Arts Grant, the Guggenheim Foundation Grant, and the Lila Wallace/Reader's Digest Writer's Award. Finalist of the National Book Award in 2000 for "Feast of Love". One of the greatest American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER CHARLES BAXTER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0393028674. Bookseller Inventory # 8869
Synopsis: In this masterful collection, the author's wise and subtle stories often find lonely, restless characters embarking on unexpected courses of action that evolve in puzzling, yet oddly logical ways. "Baxter's strength as a writer derives from his mysterious, haunting tone . . . and the slightly surreal quality to his characters' conversation. . . ."--Chicago Tribune.
About the Author: Charles Baxter lives in Minneapolis and teaches at the University of Minnesota.
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