Strout, Elizabeth. AMY AND ISABELLE: A NOVEL. New York City, NY: Random House, 1998. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 304 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's debut novel. Now considered a contemporary classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a tiny first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Elizabeth Strout's "Amy And Isabelle". Her quietly triumphant debut. "Offers up a moving yet resolutely unsentimental portrait of people coming to terms with their lives, finding unsuspected nobility in themselves and unexpected kindness in others. A gem of a novel" (Alix Wilber). Elizabeth Strout began publishing very late in life. She was a lawyer for many "utterly miserable" years before she finally decided, "No more law! I would rather fail miserably in life as a writer than be successful as a lawyer" (Elizabeth Strout). As such, she is a "mature" writer, the only writer worth reading, rather than a "flash-in-the-pan" prodigy although she has been writing all her adult life, her many lawyer years included. An absolute "must-have" title for Elizabeth Strout collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in blue pen on the title page by Elizabeth Strout. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate. It is, quite simply, one of the most beautiful signatures by the author we have ever seen. Unlike her more recent signatures, it is signed in full instead of slightly abbreviated (although the latter signature is still very clear and legible, unlike most other authors'). Given the significant demand for signed copies of all her books, this is probably what the future holds. This title is 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. Please note: Signed copies of the First Edition will always be scarce because according to the author herself, the first print runs of her first three novels were "tiny" (her word) and the books immediately went into paperback thereafter. Also, Random House indicated its true firsts at the time of publication (1998) with a number line that began with 2. This practice did not change until 2005/2006, and even then on a very inconsistent basis. So this is a copy of the true first. Many copies available online are remainder-marked or have serious flaws. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2009 for "Olive Kitteridge". One of the greatest living American writers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ELIZABETH STROUT TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0375501347. $100.00

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