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Meyer, Philipp. AMERICAN RUST. New York City, NY: Spiegel & Grau, 2009. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 370 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's breakthrough 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 small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only by a small press. The First Edition is now rare. Presents Philipp Meyer's "American Rust". The concrete, specific truth about the "forgotten" America, long before the paradigm became a national political and cultural obsession. "Set in a beautiful but dying Pennsylvania steel town, 'American Rust' is a novel of the lost American Dream and the desperation that arises from its loss. It is the story of two young men bound to the town by family, responsibility, inertia, and the beauty around them, who dream of a future beyond the factories, abandoned homes, and the polluted river. An extraordinarily moving novel about the bleak realities that battle our desire for transcendence and the power of love and friendship to redeem us" (Publisher's blurb). "Written with considerable dramatic intensity and pace" (Colm Toibin). "Darkly disturbing and richly compelling" (Patricia Cornwell). An absolute "must-have" title for Philipp Meyer collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in black pen-marker on the title page by Philipp Meyer. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Meyer's signature on this copy is the best we have ever seen. This title is a great book. 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: Copies available online have serious flaws, are subsequent printings, or are remainder-marked. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. "American Rust" is widely regarded as a contemporary American classic. One of the most brilliant American writers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER PHILIPP MEYER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0385527519. $300.00

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