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Haslett, Adam. UNION ATLANTIC: A NOVEL. New York City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 2009. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 307 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's first novel. One of Adam Haslett's finest achievements. 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 Adam Haslett's "Union Atlantic". His brilliant debut novel. Haslett's is not the kind of vision - fearless, unsentimental, and honest - that endears a writer to millions of readers. Still, he is "an enormously compassionate writer, and shows a lovely acuity about his people. He never romanticizes or oversimplifies" (Claire Dederer). Almost alone among the younger generation of openly gay American writers who have succeeded Edmund White, Haslett is a lapidary artist with more wide-ranging interests (even as he has remained unapologetically faithful to his sexuality). He is a "sentence-writer" before he is anything else: "For better or for worse, I care a lot about holding my reader's attention. Perhaps obsessively so. I think of myself as crafting an experience for her or him. And so I want them with me as I move through a scene or a thought. Once your reader is with you, they're willing to go places, to take leaps. I think a writer has to earn that trust, in whatever style they are working in. And so 90% of the work goes into the sentences. Trying to create a rhythm in the writing that does more than just communicate information. That's why in the end, you can never summarize a book. It exists in the sequence of words that it was written in and nowhere else" (Adam Haslett). An absolute "must-have" title for Adam Haslett collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in blue pen-marker on the title page by Adam Haslett. 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. A scarce signed copy thus. Finalist for the National Book Award in 2002. One of the most brilliant American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ADAM HASLETT TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0385524471. $70.00

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