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Hijuelos, Oscar. MR. IVES' CHRISTMAS. New York City, NY: HarperCollins Publishers, 1995. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 248 pages. Fine/Fine. Signed.

The author's fourth novel. One of Oscar Hijuelos' finest achievements. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, including the so-called Limited Edition, which was published after (as an afterthought), not before, by the publisher using Second Printing sheets. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents what is, in his own words, Oscar Hijuelos' most autobiographical novel. "Tells the story of Mr. Ives, who was adopted from a Foundling's Home as a child. When we first meet him in the 1950's, Mr. Ives is very much a product of his time. He has a successful career in advertising, a wife and two children, and believes he is on his way to pursuing the typical American Dream. But the dream is shattered when his son Robert, who is studying for the priesthood, is killed violently at Christmas. Overwhelmed by grief and threatened by a loss of faith in humankind, Mr. Ives begins to question the very foundations of his life. Part-love story and part-meditation on how a person can find spiritual peace in the midst of crisis, 'Mr. Ives' Christmas' is a beautifully written, tender and passionate story of a man trying to put his life in perspective. The novel speaks eloquently to the most basic and fulfilling aspects of life for all of us" (Publisher's blurb). An inspiring pioneer-figure among Hispanic-American writers, Oscar Hijuelos died on October 12, 2013 at the age of 62, his place in American literature secure and his contribution of lasting significance. An absolute "must-have" title for Oscar Hijuelos collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Oscar Hijuelos. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page, as many copies available online are. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Beware: Many copies available online are of the so-called Limited Edition, which was published after, not before, this Hardcover Edition, using Second Printing sheets, and as such, does not have the same collectible value. A scarce signed copy thus. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize For Fiction in 1990 for "The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love". One of the most brilliant American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER OSCAR HIJUELOS TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0060171316. $50.00

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