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Haslett, Adam. YOU ARE NOT A STRANGER HERE: STORIES. New York City, NY: Doubleday/Nan A. Talese, 2002. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 240 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's breakthrough debut collection of short stories. One of the most sensational literary debuts of the new century. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published to enormous critical acclaim, it established Adam Haslett as one of the most brilliant new voices in contemporary American literature. "Haslett writes quietly about sensational topics: Men cruising each other in the park at night; an abusive, self-hating relationship between two adolescent boys. A beautifully written collection that's as heartfelt as it is intelligent". Haslett's subject is the dysfunctional, un-moored American, as seen through the eyes of the mentally ill and the lives of gay men (Haslett, a Yale Law School student at the time of the book's publication, is openly gay). It is not the kind of vision - fearless, unsentimental, and honest - that endears a writer to millions of readers. Still, Haslett is "an enormously compassionate writer, and shows a lovely acuity about his people. He never romanticizes or oversimplifies" (Claire Dederer). A stunning debut, this is a "must-have" title for Adam Haslett and contemporary literature collectors. This copy is prominently and beautifully signed in black fountain pen on the title page by Adam Haslett. It is signed on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or a bookplate. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for a very long time and will become a classic. This is one of very few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A very scarce signed copy thus. Finalist for the National Book Award in 2002. One of the most brilliant living American writers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ADAM HASLETT TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0385501676. $100.00

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