Title: THIRTY GIRLS - Rare Pristine Copy of The ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2014
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 310 pages. Published in 2014. The author's fifth novel. One of the most important literary events of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly copies that are signed on a tipped-in page. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. Presents Susan Minot's "Thirty Girls". The title refers to the girls who were held hostage and kept as sex-slaves by the globally notorious yet elusive Joseph Kony and his army of child warriors. "Rebels in the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda burst into a convent dormitory, seize 139 schoolgirls, and march them off into the night. Sister Giulia follows and bravely argues for their release. She returns with 109. The outlaws keep 30, including smart, courageous Esther. Jane, an American writer and youngish widow, visits a friend in Kenya, and takes up with Harry, who is passionate about para-gliding, a poetic and apt embodiment of the illusion of freedom: Though you feel exhilarated in flight, you are at the mercy of forces beyond your control. Jane is on her way to Uganda to speak with young women at a camp for traumatized children who escaped their enslavement to the psychotic rebels. Contrasts Esther's and Jane's radically different yet profoundly transforming journeys in a perfectly choreographed, devastatingly revealing collision of realities. So sure is Minot's touch in this masterwork, so piercing yet respectful her insights into suffering and strength that she dramatizes horrific truths, obdurate mysteries, and painful recognition with both bone-deep understanding and breathtaking beauty" (Booklist). "Her best work yet" (Joan Didion). An absolute "must-have" title for Susan Minot collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed, placed, and dated (on the day of publication) in black pen by the author: "Susan Minot 21 Feb 2014 NYC". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page, as most copies available online are. Minot launched the book in New York City. Laid-in is a pristine copy of the Souvenir Program of the event during which her signature was obtained. This title will become a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed, placed, and dated copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. One of the most brilliant American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER SUSAN MINOT TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0307266389. Bookseller Inventory # 18682
Synopsis: The long-awaited novel from the best-selling, award-winning author of Evening is a literary tour de force set in war-torn Africa.
Esther is a Ugandan teenager abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army and forced to witness and commit unspeakable atrocities, who is struggling to survive, to escape, and to find a way to live with what she has seen and done. Jane is an American journalist who has traveled to Africa, hoping to give a voice to children like Esther and to find her center after a series of failed relationships. In unflinching prose, Minot interweaves their stories, giving us razor-sharp portraits of two extraordinary young women confronting displacement, heartbreak, and the struggle to wrest meaning from events that test them both in unimaginable ways.
With mesmerizing emotional intensity and stunning evocations of Africa's beauty and its horror, Minot gives us her most brilliant and ambitious novel yet.
About the Author: SUSAN MINOT is an award-winning novelist, short-story writer, poet, and screenwriter. Her first novel, Monkeys, was published in a dozen countries and won the Prix Femina Étranger in France. Her novel Evening was a worldwide best seller and became a major motion picture. She received her MFA from Columbia University and lives with her daughter in New York City and on an island off the coast of Maine.
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