New York: Random House, 1997. 1st US Edition. Octavo, publisher's evergreen cloth over charcoal paper-covered boards, illustrated endpapers, original illustrated dust jacket.
"The Great Stories are the ones you have heard and want to hear again. The ones you can enter anywhere and inhabit comfortably. They don't deceive you with thrills and trick endings. They don’t surprise you with the unforeseen. They are as familiar as the house you live in. Or the smell of your lover's skin." First US edition of Indian author and activist Arundhati Roy's bestselling debut novel. Nominally the story of fraternal twins Estha and Rachel whose lives are destroyed by breaking the allegorical "Love Laws," Roy's lyrically lush landmark is simultaneously a tragic mystery, a love story, as well as a deftly crafted analysis of post-colonialism in India. Stated first US edition on the copyright page, with 2 the lowest number in number row, indicating first printing per the publisher's custom from 1976 onwards. Published simultaneously in the UK. Fine in unclipped dust jacket. Item #2354