New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011.
First Edition. Hardcover. Signed by author in ink to endpaper. First Edition with full number line indicating first printing. 9 1/4" X 6 1/4". 406pp. Book presents nicely with unclipped dust jacket encased in protective archival sleeve. Very mild shelf wear to covers, corners, and edges of jacket. Black paper over boards with spine lettered in gilt. Pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is firm and sound. Original packing slip for Powell's signed first edition book club order form laid in. With decorative custom slipcase from Powell's first edition book club.
ABOUT THIS BOOK:
Are the great love stories of the nineteenth century dead? Or can there be a new story, written for today and alive to the realities of feminism, sexual freedom, prenups, and divorce?
It's the early 1980s. In American colleges, the wised-up kids are inhaling Derrida and listening to Talking Heads. But Madeleine Hanna, dutiful English major, is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, purveyors of the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels. As Madeleine studies the age-old motivations of the human heart, real life, in the form of two very different guys, intervenes---the charismatic and intense Leonard Bankhead, and her old friend the mystically inclined Mitchell Grammaticus. As all three of them face life in the real world they will have to reevaluate everything they have learned. Jeffrey Eugenides creates a new kind of contemporary love story in "his most powerful novel yet".(Publisher). Very good + / Very good +. Item #8336