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Proulx, Annie. BARKSKINS: A NOVEL. New York City, NY: Scribner, 2016. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 720 pages. As New/As New.

The author's fifth novel. One of the most eagerly-anticipated and important literary events of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly copies that are signed on a tipped-in page. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only that sold out shortly after publication. A massive national bestseller, it remains available in multiple subsequent printings. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Annie Proulx's "Barkskins". Her first novel since "That Old Ace In The Hole" (2002), published fourteen years ago, lavished with critical and popular praise. "Proulx's characters are vivid, insistent, captivating. Nary a page goes by without a few exquisitely observed historical details. The temptation to consider 'Barkskins' under the rubric of Great American Novel is difficult to resist, given its scope. But Proulx's ambitions seem to be keyed differently. Melville's 'Moby-Dick', Twain's 'Huckleberry Finn', Morrison's 'Beloved', all of these books might be doomed in their respective attempts to somehow encompass the United States in its full complexity, but they at least focus on that burgeoning and manifold nation. Proulx, in contrast, establishes in 'Barkskins' a narrative so grand in spatial and temporal scope, so broad in theme, that it cannot conceivably be strictly American. Her pitch-perfect sentences encompass the entire Western world" (The New Republic). Wow. And to think that we ("dealers") are often accused of hyperbole. "An epic capstone to 80-year-old Proulx's impressive career, 'Barkskins' surpasses even the extraordinary 'The Shipping News' as her finest novel" (Cliff Froelich). An absolute "must-have" title for Annie Proulx collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Annie Proulx. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page, as many copies available online are. 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. Please note: Annie Proulx's signature is TINY. But it's there. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction in 1993 for "Postcards". Winner of the National Book Award in 1993 and the Pulitzer Prize in 1994 for "The Shipping News". One of the finest writers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ANNIE PROULX TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0743288785. $150.00

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