Hagedorn, Jessica. THE GANGSTER OF LOVE. New York City, NY: Houghton And Mifflin, 1996. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 311 pages. Fine/Fine. Signed.

The author's second novel. Now considered a contemporary classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Jessica Hagedorn's brilliant follow-up to "Dogeaters" (1990). "Playful, inventive. Asks serious questions about family, exile, identity, about the problems of learning to operate in another language" (New York Times Book Review). In a celebrated New Yorker Magazine review, Jessica Hagedorn was praised by the late John Updike, the most influential reviewer/critic in America of his time, as one of the most brilliant writers of her generation. Harold Bloom, the greatest living literary critic, weighed in and wrote that "Hagedorn expresses the conflicts experienced by Asian immigrants caught between cultures. She takes aim at racism in the United States and develops in her dramas the themes of displacement and the search for belonging" (Harold Bloom). A "must-have" title for Jessica Hagedorn collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Jessica Hagedorn. Her specimen-signature is clean, flowing, and elegant. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for a very long time and is now collectible. This is one of few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Most copies available online have major flaws. A very scarce signed copy thus. Finalist for the National Book Award in 1990 for "Dogeaters". Voted the Best Book of the Year by the Before Columbus Foundation. One of the finest living American writers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JESSICA HAGEDORN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0395754127. $50.00

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