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Ferre, Rosario. ECCENTRIC NEIGHBORHOODS. New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1998. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 340 pages. Fine/Fine. Signed.

The author's fourth novel. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Rosario Ferre's "Eccentric Neighborhoods". A tale written in the classic epic manner. An engrossing read, it tells the story of two families whose lives, loves, and steamy intrigues coincide with the demise of Puerto Rico's plantation society and the irresistible rise of the nouveau riche, an educated, ambitious, and restless middle class which would render the Old Elite irrelevant for good no matter how they struggle to preserve the status quo. This is a familiar narrative, based on factual events, and the challenge that faces every serious novelist is how to render the story in a way which shows that even those whose personal identities are linked to their class and social status are suffused with humanity, feeling, and genuine pain. The novel helped immediately establish Rosario Ferre as a leading contemporary voice in modern literature. Because she wrote the novel in English (whereas her previous works were in Spanish and were apparently erratically translated, some of them felicitous, others poor), it affords readers a more accurate and closer glimpse into her singular sensibility as a chronicler of personal histories against the inescapable background of impersonal History. Beautifully interspersed with vintage black-and-white photographs. An absolute "must-have" title for Rosario Ferre collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Rosario Ferre. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Signed copies of Ferre's books are relatively difficult to find because she is based in Puerto Rico and has not done a book tour in a very long time. Her specimen-signature on this copy is one of the best we have ever seen. This title is late-modern classic. This is one of few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: Copies available online have serious flaws, are subsequent printings, or are remainder-marked. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A scarce signed copy thus. "Eccentric Neighborhoods" is regarded by Rosario Ferre's most ardent admirers as destined for canonical status. One of the most accomplished Latin-American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ROSARIO FERRE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0374146381. $30.00

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