Canin, Ethan. AMERICA AMERICA. New York City, NY: Random House, 2008. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 465 pages. As New/As New.

The author's fifth novel. Indisputably Ethan Canin's most ambitious novel, harking back to and prompting comparisons with no less than F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby", and thereby dividing critics and readers alike. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Presents Ethan Canin's Gatsby-esque novel: "A powerful lament that haunts us like a latter-day ghost of 'The Great Gatsby'. Like Gatsby, it deals with an orgiastic rupture in the American dream. If F. Scott Fitzgerald anatomized The Jazz Age and delivered its own corrupt and luscious poetry, Canin gives us a poisoned lullaby of the Nixon era. The entire novel seems to take place 'behind a window of warped black glass'. This is the great strength of the writing. The language is often supple, can leap from impressionistic poetry to a coroner's report, and can whiplash through time, from the 1970's to 2006, when [the protagonist] has become the publisher of a small independent newspaper. A splendid novel" (Jerome Charyn). A "must-have" title for Ethan Canin collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Ethan Canin. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for a long time and is now collectible. This is one of few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A scarce signed copy thus. Winner of the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship. Selected by The New Yorker Magazine as one of the "Twenty Writers for the 21st Century". One of the finest living American writers. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ETHAN CANIN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1615554289. $50.00

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