Title: SONGS WITHOUT WORDS - Advance Signed Copy of...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2007
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 322 pages. Published in 2007. The author's second novel. One of the most important literary events of our time. Advance Signed Copy. 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. "Autographed Copy" red sticker pasted on. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Ann Packer's "Songs Without Words". A novel about transcendence. A richly nuanced meditation on the place of friendship in life. "Liz and Sarabeth's childhood friendship deepened following Sarabeth's mother's suicide when the girls were 16. Now the two women are in their 40's and living in the Bay Area. Responsible mother Liz has come to see eccentric, bohemian Sarabeth, with her tendency to enter into inappropriate relationships with men, as more like another child than as a sister or friend. Packer adroitly navigates Sarabeth's lonely longings and Liz's feelings of guilt and inadequacy" (Publishers Weekly). The first paragraph is magical, one of those moments in literature when a writer limns in a few, spare, and simple image-sentences the entire universe of her novel: "Each evening, the streetlights came on at dusk, and the view out the window changed, from barely glowing kitchens and TV rooms to the houses that contained them, and to the trees that sheltered the houses. It seemed to Sarabeth that for a little while there was a kind of balance out there, an equilibrium. But then, quickly, darkness came down from the sky, and soon the lit rooms returned to prominence, and finally everything else was black, and the world seemed limited to a few bright windows on a street in Palo Alto" (Ann Packer). "Songs Without Words" is Felix Mendelsohn's piano masterpiece, wordless music inspired by song and transcending it at the same time. An absolute "must-have" title for Ann Packer collectors. This Autographed Copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Ann Packer. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page, even though it comes from the publisher. This title is now collectible. As far as we know, this is the only such Advance Signed Copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A scarce signed copy thus. Ann Packer's "The Dive From Clausen's Nest" is one of the most spectacular literary debuts of our time and won both the Kate Chopin and Great Lakes Book Awards. One of the finest American writers of our time. A flawless copy. ISBN 0375412816. Bookseller Inventory # 12476
Synopsis: Ann Packer?s debut novel, The Dive from Clausen?s Pier, was a nationwide best seller that established her as one of our most gifted chroniclers of the interior lives of women. Now, in her long-awaited second novel, she takes us on a journey into a lifelong friendship pushed to the breaking point. Expertly, with the keen introspection and psychological nuance that are her hallmarks, she explores what happens when there are inequities between friends and when the hard-won balances of a long relationship are disturbed, perhaps irreparably, by a harrowing crisis.
Liz and Sarabeth were childhood neighbors in the suburbs of northern California, brought as close as sisters by the suicide of Sarabeth?s mother when the girls were just sixteen. In the decades that followed?through Liz?s marriage and the birth of her children, through Sarabeth?s attempts to make a happy life for herself despite the shadow cast by her mother?s act?their relationship remained a source of continuity and strength. But when Liz?s adolescent daughter enters dangerous waters that threaten to engulf the family, the fault lines in the women?s friendship are revealed, and both Liz and Sarabeth are forced to reexamine their most deeply held beliefs about their connection. Songs Without Words is about the sometimes confining roles we take on in our closest relationships, about the familial myths that shape us both as children and as parents, and about the limits?and the power?of the friendships we create when we are young.
Once again, Ann Packer has written a novel of singular force and complexity: thoughtful, moving, and absolutely gripping, it more than confirms her prodigious literary gifts.
About the Author: Ann Packer received a Great Lakes Book Award and the Kate Chopin Literary Award for The Dive from Clausen?s Pier, a national best seller that has been translated into ten languages. Also the author of Mendocino and Other Stories, she lives in northern California with her family.
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