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Packer, Ann. SONGS WITHOUT WORDS. New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2007. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 322 pages. As New/As New.

The author's second novel. One of the most important literary events of the year 2007. Advance Signed Copy. "Autographed Copy" removable sticker pasted on. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. "A richly nuanced meditation on the place of friendship in life. Liz and Sarabeth's childhood friendship deepened following Sarabeth's mother's suicide when the girls were 16. Now the two women are in their 40's and living in the Bay Area. Responsible mother Liz has come to see eccentric, bohemian Sarabeth, with her tendency to enter into inappropriate relationships with men, as more like another child than as a sister or friend. Packer adroitly navigates Sarabeth's lonely longings and Liz's feelings of guilt and inadequacy" (Publishers Weekly). The first paragraph is magical, one of those moments in literature when a writer limns in a few, spare, and simple image-sentences the entire universe of her novel: "Each evening, the streetlights came on at dusk, and the view out the window changed, from barely glowing kitchens and TV rooms to the houses that contained them, and to the trees that sheltered the houses. It seemed to Sarabeth that for a little while there was a kind of balance out there, an equilibrium. But then, quickly, darkness came down from the sky, and soon the lit rooms returned to prominence, and finally everything else was black, and the world seemed limited to a few bright windows on a street in Palo Alto" (Ann Packer). "Songs Without Words" is Felix Mendelsohn's piano masterpiece, wordless music inspired by song and transcending it at the same time. A novel about transcendence, this is a "must-have" title for Ann Packer collectors. This copy is prominently and beautifully signed in black fountain pen on the title page by Ann Packer. It is signed directly on the page, not on a tipped-in page, even though it comes from the publisher. This is the only Advance Signed Copy available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A very scarce signed copy thus. Ann Packer's "The Dive From Clausen's Nest" is one of the most spectacular literary debuts of our time and won both the Kate Chopin and Great Lakes Book Awards. One of the finest living American writers. A flawless copy. . ISBN 0375412816. $50.00

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