McBride, James. THE GOOD LORD BIRD. New York City, NY: Riverhead Books, 2013. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 420 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's third novel. One of the most important literary events of our time. 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 James McBride's "The Good Lord Bird". The unusual (yet also somehow familiar) story of a slave boy who joins John Brown's Anti-Slavery Crusade and must pass as a girl in order to survive, it is "an absorbing mixture of history and imagination, and told with McBride's meticulous eye for detail and character. A moving exploration of identity and survival" (Publisher's blurb). McBride's re-telling of the pioneering, white abolitionist John Brown's quixotic (but truly noble) campaign is riveting. Still, as with all of his other work, McBride's novel may be set in the 1850's, but he is really writing about the hurdles America faces in the present. An absolute "must-have" title for James McBride collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen-marker on the title page by James McBride. It is signed directly on the page itself, not a tipped-on page or bookplate. It comes with a pristine copy of the Souvenir Material of the event during which the signing was held. This title will become a contemporary classic. This is one of very few such 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 rare signed copy thus. Winner of the National Book Award in 2013 for "The Good Lord Bird". One of the most brilliant living American writers. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JAMES MCBRIDE TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1594486344. $150.00

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