Lacey, Catherine. CERTAIN AMERICAN STATES: STORIES. New York City, NY: Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2018. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 195 pages. Fine/Fine.

Retrospective collection of short stories. One of Catherine Lacey'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 Catherine Lacey's "Certain American States: Stories". A deeply moving traversal about "regular" people seeking, intuitively and consciously, to find answers - that is, what makes life worth living in the first place - in their often chaotic, insensible lives. "Brings her narrative mastery to her first collection of stories. She gives life to a group of subtly complex, instantly memorable characters whose search for love, struggle with grief, and tentative journey into the minutiae of the human condition are simultaneously gripping and devastating. The characters are continually coming to terms with their place in the world, and how to adapt to that place, before change inevitably returns" (Publisher's blurb). "Like Lydia Davis and Grace Paley (whom she sometimes resembles), Lacey can travel a great distance in a single paragraph or a single sentence; like those writers, she's masterly at using the unreliability of her narrators to suggest worlds of repressed confusion and poorly contained grief. Susan Sontag said of Paley that she was a natural, 'with a voice like no one else's: Funny, sad, lean, modest, energetic, acute'. Those words will do well for Lacey's book, too" (The New Yorker Magazine). An absolute "must-have" title for Catherine Lacey collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Catherine Lacey. 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. 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. Regarded by James Wood as one of the Best Books of The Year 2018. One of the most brilliant American wrtiers of our time. A fine copy. . ISBN 0374265895. $70.00

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