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Realuyo, Bino A. . THE UMBRELLA COUNTRY. New York City, NY: Ballantine Books, 1999. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 299 pages. As New.

The author's breakthrough debut novel. The true First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a relatively small and limited print run as a paperback original only. Pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Text by Bino A. Realuyo. Without DJ, as issued. Set in the Philippines, the novel is about a boy who comes of age in the shadow of family secrets. Written in limpid, luminous prose, rare among immigrant writers, whose role model is the pyrotechnical wizardry of Salman Rushdie (but it is wizardry nonetheless). An auspicious debut, this is a "must-have" title for Bino Realuyo collectors. This title remains available in multiple subsequent printings and is now collectible. This is one of few copies of the true First Edition still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A scarce copy thus. Selected by Barnes & Noble as one of its "Discover" Writers. One of the most talented living American writers. A flawless copy. . ISBN 0345428889. $20.00

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