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Bechard, Deni Y. (Bechard, Deni Yvan). VANDAL LOVE: A NOVEL. Minneapolis, MN: Milkweed Editions, 2012. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 345 pages. As New.

The author's breakthrough debut novel. One of the most important literary debuts of our time. The first appearance of the title in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a very small and limited first print run as a softcover original only. Presents, at long last, Deni Y. Bechard's first novel in the United States. "An astonishing novel of epic ambition, 'Vandal Love' follows generations of a unique French-Canadian family across North America and through the 20th century, as they struggle to find their place in the world" (Publisher's blurb). Quite a struggle it turns out to be: A genetic curse runs through the family whereby the offspring are born either as giants or dwarfs ("runts"). "Reinvents the generational novel with innovative brilliance. The book has all the quirky depth of a great HBO series and a line-by-line literary energy that is very rare. This is an enormously impressive debut by a clearly talented writer" (Robert Olen Butler). Deni Yvan Bechard was born to French-Canadian and American parents in 1974 and is a largely self-taught writer who has lived in both Canada and the United States. The acclaim that some of the finest living writers have heaped on his debut novel is staggering, reminiscent of the praise that greeted Vikram Seth's "The Golden Gate" in the 1980's, Zadie Smith's "White Teeth" in the 1990's, and Jhumpa Lahiri's "Interpreter of Maladies" at the turn of the century. Bechard has been compared to Annie Proulx, one of the most revered living American writers, and E. L. Doctorow, one of the greatest living writers in any language. A "must-have" edition for Deni Y. Bechard collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed, placed, and dated (in the month and year of publication) in black ink-pen on the title page by the author: "Deni Y. Bechard 6/24/2012 NYC". A reclusive figure, Bechard made a rare appearance in New York City to launch the book. This title is now collectible. As far as we know, this is the only such signed, placed, and dated copy of the First American Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A very scarce signed copy thus. One of the most brilliant new voices in contemporary literature. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER DENI YVAN BECHARD TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1571310916. $60.00

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