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Earley, Tony. HERE WE ARE IN PARADISE: STORIES. New York City, NY: Little, Brown & Company, 1994. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 198 pages. Fine/Fine. Small wrinkle on one DJ corner.

The author's breakthrough debut collection of short stories. One of the most important literary debuts of the last decade of the 20th century. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published to enormous critical acclaim, it immediately established the author as one of the most accomplished writers of his generation. Presents eight pitch-perfect and perfectly crafted tales that "with quirky ruefulness, narrate the experiences of ordinary people who may or may not matter to anyone but themselves" (Publishers Weekly). "Charlotte" was selected as one of the "Best American Short Stories 1993". "My Father's Heart", the single best story in the collection, captures the complex and poignant feelings of a boy who knows his father only through the memories of others. As his debut novel, "Jim The Boy", shows, Earley's empathy for boyhood is profound and, as the glowing reviews indicate, worthy of comparison with J. D. Salinger's as well as Tobias Woolf's in the way they capture a boy's "growing pains". A masterly collection. A "must-have" title for Tony Earley collectors. This copy is prominently and beautifully signed in blue fountain pen on the title page by Tony Earley. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for a long time and is now collectible. This is one of few signed copies of the true First Edition still available online and is in fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A very scarce signed copy thus. Tony Earley was selected by The New Yorker Magazine as one of "Twenty Writers for the 21st Century". One of the finest living American writers. A fine copy. . ISBN 0316199621. $100.00

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