Niffenegger, Audrey. THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE. San Francisco, CA: MacAdam/Cage, 2003. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 525 pages. Fine.

The author's breakthrough debut novel. One of the most sensational literary debuts of our time. Now considered a contemporary classic. Uncorrected Proof. Published in a small and limited one-time-only print run as a softcover original only for the exclusive use of the publisher and author. None of the copies was commercially sold. There is no ISBN. The First Edition is now rare. Presents, in its earliest-publication state, Audrey Niffenegger's "The Time Traveler's Wife". Still her finest, most fully realized achievement. "A soaring love story illuminated by dozens of finely observed details and scenes, and one that skates nimbly around a huge conundrum at the heart of the book: Henry De Tamble, a dashing librarian at the famous Newberry Library in Chicago, finds himself unavoidably whisked around in time. He disappears from a scene in 1998 to find himself suddenly at an entirely different place 10 years earlier or later. During one of these migrations, he drops in on beautiful teenage Clare Abshire, an heiress in a large house on the nearby Michigan peninsula, and a lifelong passion is born. Such is the author's tenderness with the characters and the determinedly un-gimmicky way in which she writes of their predicament that the book is much more love story than fantasy. The book leaves the reader with an impression of life's riches and strangeness rather than of easy thrills" (Publishers Weekly). The basis of the fine film adaptation by Robert Schwentke, with Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana in career-defining performances. An absolute "must-have" title for Audrey Niffenegger collectors. This copy of the Uncorrected Proof is very prominently and beautifully signed and dated in black ink-pen on the title page by the author: "Audrey Niffenegger June 8, 2018". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Her signature was obtained during her special appearance at the 2018 Printer's Row Book Fair Lit Fest. Laid-in is a pristine copy of the Festival's 16-page Souvenir Program. This title is a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the Uncorrected Proof available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Precedes and should NOT be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the British and Canadian Editions as well as the Limited "Gift" Edition. Copies available online have serious flaws, are remainder-marked, or are subsequent printings. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. One of the finest American artist/writers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER AUDREY NIFFENEGGER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). $200.00

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