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Baxter, Charles. A RELATIVE STRANGER: STORIES BY CHARLES BAXTER. New York City, NY: W. W. Norton & Company, 1990. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 223 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's third collection of short stories. One of the most important literary events of the year 1990. The true First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other editions. Baxter's lifelong theme is the oldest (and if one has nothing new to say, most banal) one, love. His singular contribution is the wise and tender evocation of its myriad manifestations in our time. Presents thirteen stories which explore love in all imaginable human relationships: Love that is lost, found, unrequited, and rediscovered; love in youth, middle, and old age. "In his quiet cosmic wonderment, Baxter is the equal of John Updike and Anne Tyler at their largest and best" (John Berendt). A "must-have" title for Charles Baxter collectors. This copy is prominently and beautifully signed in blue pen on the title page by Charles Baxter. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for a very long time and is now collectible. This is one of few signed copies of the true First Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Many available copies online have serious flaws. A very scarce signed copy thus. Winner of the National Endowment for the Arts Grant, the Guggenheim Foundation Grant and the Lila Wallace/Reader's Digest Writer's Award. Finalist of the National Book Award in 2000 for "Feast of Love". One of the finest living American writers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER CHARLES BAXTER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0393028674. $80.00

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