Desai, Kiran. THE INHERITANCE OF LOSS. New York City, NY: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2006. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 324 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's breakthrough second novel. One of the finest novels of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the British Edition and the 2010 Easton Press Edition. Published in a very small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only that sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Kiran Desai's "The Inheritance of Loss". In a word: Masterpiece. "Beautiful. Lit by a moral intelligence at once fierce and tender" (Pankaj Mishra). "The best novel I've read about the immigrant life and the ongoing parallel world left behind. It's the best, sweetest, most delightful novel I've read in ages" (Francisco Goldman). "Briskly paced and sumptuously written, the novel ponders questions of nationhood, modernity, and class in ways both moving and revelatory" (The New Yorker Magazine). The novel is dedicated to Anita Desai, a world-renowned and iconic writer ("To my mother with so much love"), who clearly inspired Kiran, the youngest of Desai's four children, to follow in her mother's footsteps. For better or for worse, Kiran Desai's own novel will be difficult to surpass, a very tough act to follow. An absolute "must-have" title for Kiran Desai collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in blue ink-pen on the title page by Kiran Desai. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Laid-in is a pristine copy of the Souvenir Announcement of the event during which her signature was obtained. This title is a great book. 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. This is the single most beautiful copy we have seen. Please note: Far too many copies available online have all kinds of inexplicable flaws for a relatively new book (creasing, soiling, tears, bumps, you name it even if the dealers themselves do not) yet they are priced as though they had collectible value. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the Booker Prize in 2006 and the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2007 for "The Inheritance of Loss". One of the finest living writers. A fine collectible copy. . ISBN 0871139294. $200.00

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