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Robinson, Marilynne. HOME. New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2008. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 336 pages. As New/As New.

The author's third novel. Now considered a contemporary classic. The first appearance of the title in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Marilynne Robinson is one of the most influential and beloved writers of our time despite a very slim body of work, three novels essentially, but each one of them a masterpiece. A sequel-of-sorts to "Gilead", "Home" is a contemporary re-telling of the parable of the Prodigal Son. The son in question is Jack Boughton, one of Robert Boughton's many children. The former Gilead pastor is ill and dying. Like his Biblical predecessor, Jack returns home after a very long absence of twenty years, just as his sister, Glory, does, to see and console his father before he dies. What does it mean to come home? Every character, especially not just incidentally the dying pastor, is searching for that answer. "There is a simplicity to this story that belies the complexity of its characters. They are bound together by a profound capacity for love and by an equally powerful sense of private conviction that tries the ties that bind but never breaks them. It's a delicate tension that you think would resist exposition, and in fact these characters seem to want nothing more than, as Glory says, to treat 'one another's deceptions like truth'. Marilynne Robinson's fine, tender prose imbues this family's secrets with an overwhelming grace" (Anne Bartholomew). "In giving an ancient drama of grace and perdition such a strong domestic set-up, Robinson stakes a fierce claim to a divine recognition behind the rituals of home" (Publishers Weekly). A "must-have" title for Marilynne Robinson collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Marilynne Robinson. It is signed directly on the page, not on a tipped-in page or a bookplate. This title remains available in multiple subsequent printings and is an instant collectible. This is one of very few signed copies of the First American Edition still available online and has absolutely no flaws, a pristine beauty. Signed copies available online of the First Canadian Edition (which was released one day before the American and is therefore being peddled as the true First) command more than an incredible $2000. A very scarce signed copy thus. Winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award in 1981 for "Housekeeping". Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2004 and the Pulitzer Prize in 2005 for "Gilead". "Housekeeping" was selected by The New York Times panel of writers, critics, and editors as one of the Top 20 works of American fiction of the last 25 years. One of the finest living American writers. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER MARILYNNE ROBINSON TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0374299102. $150.00

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