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Henderson, Eleanor. TEN THOUSAND SAINTS: A NOVEL. New York City, NY: Ecco Press, 2011. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 388 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's breakthrough debut novel. One of the most important literary debuts of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a very small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition sold out quickly and is now very scarce. Presents Eleanor Henderson's debut, a "coming-of-age" novel with a dramatic twist. The twist, which the saintly title alludes to, is that instead of being about sex, drugs, and rock n' roll, it is about no-sex, no-drugs, and hardcore punk, the extreme opposite of the "youth culture" mainstream. Set in the 1980's at the height of the AIDS crisis, which Henderson vividly evokes, the young characters are members of a burgeoning cult group called Straight Edge (as opposed to cutting-edge), which has thousands of loyal followers who, going against both Nature and Nurture, voluntarily adopt an ascetic, rigidly self-imposed, no-nonsense ban on premarital sex and the use of drugs, but are fanatically devoted to underground punk culture. It's a defiant gesture, not just rebellion but full-fledged rejection of both their elders' and peers' embrace of tolerant, liberal, and secular values that the reader comes to admire grudgingly for its ferocity and purity. "Henderson does not hold back once: She writes the hell out of every moment, every scene, every perspective, every fleeting impression, every impulse, and every desire. She is never ironic or underwhelmed; her preferred mode is fierce, devoted, and elegiac" (The New York Times Magazine). "Again and again, I was stopped cold by beautiful chapter-ending sentences. I remember this Manhattan, the Sunday matinees at CB's, the rage over Yuppies colonizing the East Village" (Dean Wareham). There are whole shelves of books on sex, drugs, and rock n' roll. Here is a radiant, affecting, and exceptional novel that recaptures for posterity a crucial moment from the past that continues to reverberate in, be felt by, and influence the present. A "must-have" title for Eleanor Henderson and contemporary literature collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed, placed, and dated in black ink-pen on the title page by the author: "Eleanor Henderson NYC 3/12/12". She also crossed out her printed name. Laid-in is a copy of the Souvenir Announcement Leaflet. Henderson did not tour widely for the book, and by the time she made a few appearances, bookstore copies were already Later Printings. This title is now collectible. This is one of very few signed and dated copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. One of the most brilliant living American writers. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER COPY OF THIS TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0062021028. $150.00

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