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Crane, Elizabeth. WHEN THE MESSENGER IS HOT. New York City, NY: Little, Brown & Company, 2003. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 210 pages. Fine/Fine.

Collection of short stories. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. "Crane works on an intuitive plane as her funny, funky, wounded, but still swinging women protagonists struggle to survive in a cacophonous and aggressive world. Having kicked the alcohol habit, they have turned to caffeine with a vengeance, making for marvelously keyed-up and jittery narratives. Crane off-handedly toys with assumptions about reality as her characters change shape, indulge in elaborate fantasies, and even, slowly disappear. One narrator is certain that her mother has come back from the dead, another riffs hilariously on the complications of having a much younger lover, and yet another documents her experiences dating various men named Dave. Clever, inventive, and piquant, Crane's breathless stories hit the brain with more voltage than a double espresso" (Donna Seaman). A "must-have" title for Elizabeth Crane collectors. This copy is prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Elizabeth Crane. This is one of few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and is in fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A scarce signed copy thus. One of the most talented living American writers. A fine copy. . ISBN 0316096520. $50.00

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