O'Nan, Stewart. THE NAMES OF THE DEAD. New York City, NY: Doubleday, 1996. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 400 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's second novel. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Stewart O'Nan's second novel, a "Vietnam War" novel from a domestic, familial perspective. "Heart-rattling melodrama set against a thriller background: Larry Markham, an army medic in Vietnam, has been reduced to delivering hostess snack cakes around Ithaca. One morning, he awakens from familiar dreams of combat to find that his wife Vicki has left him again. Fed up with his attachment to the war and with his reluctance to share his wartime memories, she has fled with their learning-disabled young son Scott. As Larry struggles to reunite his household, the failing health of his father becomes a problem, as do his growing feelings for Donna, the lonely neighbor who looks out for him in Vicki's absence. Larry is being stalked by a dangerous hospital escapee, a trained assassin and fellow Vietnam vet with a mysterious score to settle. Unusually powerful are the extensive renderings of Larry's Vietnam memories. Some of the most searing wartime storytelling in recent memory" (Publishers Weekly). An absolute "must-have" title for Stewart O'Nan collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Stewart O'Nan. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate. This title is now collectible. This is one of relatively 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. A scarce signed copy thus. One of the finest living American writers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER STEWART O'NAN TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0385481926. $30.00

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