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Proulx, E. Annie. ACCORDION CRIMES. New York City, NY: Scribner, 1996. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 381 pages. As New/As New.

The author's third novel. One of the most important literary events of the year 1996. The First Hardcover Edition. Should not be confused with copies that are signed on a tipped-in page. Published to enormous critical and popular acclaim. The author goes from strength to strength and has acquired a national and international cult following. "A masterpiece of storytelling that spans a century and a continent. Proulx brings the immigrant experience in America to life through the eyes of the descendants of Mexicans, Poles, Africans, Irish-Scots, Franco-Canadians, and many others, all linked by a simple green accordion. The music they make is their last link with the past, voice for their fantasies, sorrows, and exuberance. Proulx's prodigious knowledge, unforgettable characters, and radiant language make 'Accordion Crimes' a stunning novel, exhilarating in its scope and originality" (Publisher's blurb). It took Annie Proulx a very long time to write and after that, get published. "Heart Songs" appeared when she was 56 years old. Once she found her voice, it resonated with such indelible force among critics and readers in a way that many writers who have been around practically all their lives can only envy, and admire. A radical departure from Proulx's familiar Western terrain, this novel is a triumphant achievement. A "must-have" title for E. Annie Proulx collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black fountain pen on the title page by Annie Proulx. It should not be confused with the Limited Edition of 2500 copies, which are signed on a tipped-in page, desirable in its own right, but surely not as collectible as a copy signed in person by the author on the title page. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for a very long time even though it went into multiple subsequent printings. There are actually fewer signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online, especially in this condition, which has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A very scarce signed copy thus. Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction in 1993 for "Postcards". Winner of the National Book Award (in 1993) and the Pulitzer Prize (in 1994) for "The Shipping News". One of the finest living writers. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ANNIE PROULX TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0684833115. $150.00

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