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Tan, Amy. THE KITCHEN GOD'S WIFE. New York City, NY: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1991. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 415 pages. As New/As New. Signed.

The author's second novel. One of the most important literary events of the year 1991. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Featuring a dazzlingly beautiful design by Gretchen Shields (who did the wonderful illustrations for Amy Tan's "The Moon Lady", her children's-book adaptation of "The Joy Luck Club"), this is more desirable than the kitschy Franklin Mint edition. "Beautifully written, heart-rending, sometimes violent, with strong characterization, it will captivate one's interest to the very last page. This is more than a story about family relationships at a crossroads: It captures the essence of Chinese heritage and culture" (Midwest Book Review). Within a very short period of time, Amy Tan has become a living symbol of literary success and identity: Possibly the most visible (and most active) Asian-American writer/icon, she is justly celebrated for the abundance of her talent, a writer of effortlessly and lyrically limpid prose whose abiding subject is the "push" of identity and exile and the "pull" of tradition and family, from a singularly and sentimentally (in the best sense of the word) Chinese-American perspective. A "must-have" title for Amy Tan collectors. This copy is prominently and beautifully signed in blue pen on the title page by Amy Tan. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for a long time and is now collectible. This is one of relatively few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A very scarce signed copy thus. One of the finest living American writers. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER AMY TAN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0399135782. $90.00

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