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Schwartz, John Burnham. CLAIRE MARVEL. New York City, NY: Doubleday, 2002. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 317 pages. As New/As New. Signed.

The author's third novel. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. With the publication of his second novel, "Reservation Road", John Burnham Schwartz established himself as a superb storyteller as well as a writer of extraordinary grace and stunning perception. Now, with "Claire Marvel", Burnham Schwartz brings readers into a world "so real and beautifully drawn that one does not want the story to end. A chance meeting in a rainstorm becomes a defining moment of transforming emotion for graduate students Claire Marvel and Julian Rose, two people whose hearts have long been protected behind walls of wit, intelligence, and innate caution. Neither could imagine what lies in store for them: The unexpected unfolding over a dozen years of a great and difficult love. Moving between Cambridge, Massachusetts, New York City, and the hushed, timeless countryside of France, John Burnham Schwartz explores the many aspects of emotional commitment and the fear of giving oneself to another, in father-son relationships, in marriage, and in the ecstasy and elation of an elusive but compelling passion. Here is a novel that plumbs with wisdom and compassion the hidden regrets, enduring hopes, and guiding mysteries of a bond stronger than reason. Masterfully written, 'Claire Marvel' is a love story for our time, and a brilliant achievement" (Publisher's blurb). A "must-have" title for John Burnham Schwartz collectors. This copy is prominently and beautifully signed in black fountain pen on the title page above his printed name by John Burnham Schwartz. This title is no longer in print as a hardcover and is now collectible. This is one of few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A scarce signed copy thus. One of the most accomplished living American writers. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JOHN BURNHAM SCHWARTZ TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 038550344X. $30.00

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