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Mason, Bobbie Ann. IN COUNTRY. New York City, NY: Harper & Row, 1985. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 247 pages. Fine/Fine. Signed.

The author's "Vietnam" novel. One of the most important literary events of the year 1985. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published to enormous critical and popular acclaim, it remains one of the author's most enduring works. "Sam Hughes, whose father was killed in Vietnam, lives in rural Kentucky with her uncle Emmett, a veteran whom she suspects is suffering from exposure to Agent Orange. Sam is a typical teenager, trying to choose a college, anticipating a new job at the local Burger Boy, sharing intimacies with her friend Dawn, breaking up with her high-school boyfriend, and dealing with her feelings for Tom, one of Emmett's buddies. Sam feels that her life is bound to the war in Vietnam and becomes obsessed with the idea because of the reluctance of her family and Tom to talk about it. Her father's diary finally provides the insight she seeks, insight she cannot accept until she has visited the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington. A powerful and touching novel of America that analyzes the impact of the 1960's on the culture of the 1980's, and a beautiful portrayal of an often-forgotten area of the country" (Library Journal). A "must-have" title for Bobbie Ann Mason collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black fountain pen on the title page by Bobbie Ann Mason. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for a very long time and is now collectible. This is one of very few copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and is in unusually fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Many available copies online have serious flaws. A very scarce signed copy thus. One of the most brilliant American writers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER BOBBIE ANN MASON TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0060154691. $60.00

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