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Egan, Jennifer. THE INVISIBLE CIRCUS. New York City, NY: Doubleday, 1995. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 340 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's breakthrough 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 small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Jennifer Egan's "The Invisible Circus". The tale of a sensitive 18-year-old retracing her symbolically-named older sister's doomed excursion through Europe. The title refers to a 1960's trendy "Be-In" cult that was all about Watching Oneself Happen. "As a child, Phoebe felt less vital than her sister Faith. Their father, a failed artist, lived vicariously through the aptly-named elder girl. Faith learned to please him by taking extravagant physical risks. After his death, her apparent free-spiritedness masked the same desperate need to impress her peers. But Faith lost faith in 1968 when, on a trip with her boyfriend, she mysteriously fell from a cliff in Italy. Ten years later, Phoebe crosses the Atlantic, her itinerary mapped by Faith's (falsely) optimistic postcards, to learn how and why Faith died. Egan effectively contrasts Phoebe's rigidity with Faith's daring nature. Eventually, she discovers that Faith 'just threw herself away'. Phoebe chooses her own future over Faith's forsaken one" (Publishers Weekly). An absolute "must-have" title for Jennifer Egan collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in blue pen on the title page by Jennifer Egan. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of 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: Many copies available online are subsequent printings or have major flaws. Copies command as much as $300. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature in 2011 for "A Visit From The Goon Squad". One of the most brilliant American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JENNIFER EGAN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0385473796. $70.00

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