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Brooks, Geraldine. MARCH. New York City, NY: Viking Press, 2005. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 280 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's breakthrough second novel. One of the most important literary triumphs of the year 2005. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. "Imagines the Civil War experiences of Mr. March, the absent father in Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. His narrative begins with cheerful letters home, but March gradually reveals to the reader what he does not to his family: The cruelty and racism of Northern and Southern soldiers, the violence and suffering he is powerless to prevent, and his reunion with Grace, a beautiful, educated slave. Brooks, who based the character of March on Alcott's Transcendentalist father, Bronson, relies heavily on primary sources for both the Concord and wartime scenes. Her characters speak with a convincing 19th-century formality yet the narrative is always accessible. Through the shattered dreamer March and a host of achingly human minor characters, Brooks's affecting, beautifully written novel drives home the intimate horrors and ironies of the Civil War and the difficulty of living honestly with the knowledge of human suffering" (Publisher's blurb). This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for some time even though it went into multiple subsequent printings. This is one of very few copies of the true First Edition (number line beginning in 1) still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A very scarce copy thus. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2006 for "March". One of the finest living writers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER GERALDINE BROOKS TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0670033359. $100.00

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