Block, Stefan Merrill. OLIVER LOVING. New York City, NY: Flatiron Books, 2018. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 395 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's third novel. Now considered a contemporary classic. 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. Presents Stefan Merrill Block's "Oliver Loving". All in all, his best novel thus far: Tragic, sometimes depressingly so, yet authentically uplifting at the same time. "One reason we read fiction is to know the lives of others as well as our own. Stefan Merrill Block writes about a West Texas family and community so wholly and honestly, and with such poetic beauty, that their dreams and sorrows become ours. A dazzling, psychologically astute, scientifically engaged novel about love, loss, and the mysteries of the mind. Dares to ask some of the most profound questions of what it means to be alive" (David Ebershoff). "Like Jonathan Franzen's 'The Corrections' and Annie Proulx's 'The Shipping News', an extraordinary novel about family and community, told with real heart and humor and style" (Jonathan Lee). An absolute "must-have" title for Stefan Merrill Block collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed, placed, and dated in blue pen-marker on the title page by the author: "Stefan Merrill Block 5/28/19 NYC". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Stefan Merrill Block's signature is one of the most unusual we have ever seen. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of few such signed, placed, and dated copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: Copies available online have serious flaws, are subsequent editions, or are remainder-marked. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. One of the most brilliant American novelists of our time. A fine copy. . ISBN 1250169739. $50.00

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