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Robinson, Marilynne. GILEAD. New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2004. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 256 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's second novel. One of the finest American novels of our time. The first appearance of the title in the United States. 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 Marilynne Robinson's "Gilead". Her first novel since her breakthrough more than twenty-five years ago, "Housekeeping" (1980), and the first book, in what is (informally) a trilogy that continues with "Home" (2008) and ends with "Lila" (2014). The three novels are self-contained yet interrelated, and have a powerful, cumulative effect as Robinson deftly and movingly presents and re-presents the same, hymnal narratives and characters from different points-of-view. It shows that Robinson is a rarity in contemporary literature: A lapidary writer engaged in some of the novel's grand themes: History and its role in the individual's life, the redemptive, healing power of our inner, spiritual resources, and what it really means to believe, or in her more precise and multiple-meaning expression, "to have faith". "A beautiful work, demanding, grave, and lucid. Robinson's words have a spiritual force that is rare in contemporary fiction" (The New York Times). "So serenely beautiful, written in a prose so measured and thoughtful that one feels touched with grace just to read it. Possesses the quiet ineluctable perfection of Flaubert as well as the moral and emotional complexity of Robert Frost's deepest poetry" (The Washington Post). An absolute "must-have" title for Marilynne Robinson collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Marilynne Robinson. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Laid-in is a copy of the Souvenir Program of the event during which her signature was obtained. This title is a great book. This is one of few such signed copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies of the First Canadian Edition - which precedes the American by two weeks - available online command hundreds and thousands of dollars. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award in 1981 for "Housekeeping". Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2004 and the Pulitzer Prize in 2005 for "Gilead". "Housekeeping" was selected by The New York Times panel of writers, critics, and editors as one of the Top 20 works of American fiction of the last 25 years. One of the greatest American writers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER MARILYNNE ROBINSON TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0374153892. $200.00

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