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Solomon, Andrew. A STONE BOAT: A NOVEL. London, England: Faber & Faber, 1994. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 245 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's debut novel. One of the most important literary debuts of our time. 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 Andrew Solomon's "A Stone Raft". His autobiographical first novel. "Harry, an internationally-celebrated young concert pianist, travels to Paris to confront his glamorous and formidable mother about her dismay at his homosexuality. Before he can give voice to his hurt and anger, he discovers that she is terminally ill. In an attempt to escape his feelings of guilt and despair over the prospect of her death, he embarks on several intense affairs, including one with a longtime female friend, that force him to question his capacity for love, and finally to rediscover it. Part eulogy, part confession, and part soliloquy on forgiveness, a luminous evocation of the destructive and regenerative, all-encompassing love between a son and his mother by America's foremost chronicler of personal and familial resilience" (Publisher's blurb). "One of the authentic achievements in American fiction of the last decade" (Harold Bloom). An absolute "must-have" title for Andrew Solomon collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed, placed, and dated in black ink-pen on the title page by the author: "Andrew Solomon 1. V. 2016 Chicago". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Solomon was one of the "headline" artists of the Chicago Humanities Festival 2016. Laid-in is a pristine copy of the (very beautiful) Souvenir Program of the Festival. This title is a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed, placed, and dated copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Almost all other copies available online are subsequent printings or have serious flaws. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the National Book Award in 2001 for "The Noonday Demon". One of the greatest American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ANDREW SOLOMON TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0571172407. $80.00

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