New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1983. 1st Edition. Octavo, black cloth over black paper-covered boards, spine and upper board stamped in silver, original printed dust jacket.
Inscribed first edition of film critic and longtime New Yorker staff writer Adler's second novel, about a journalist in flight from an illicit affair, told in a series of dislocated fragments and vignettes. "The relation between storytelling and eroticism is always close. I mean, it's not just a matter of spinning yarns." Adler was infamous for her journalistic takedowns – of her colleague Pauline Kael, of the magazine where she worked for nearly 30 years – but is better known today for her two slim novels, each reissued by the New York Review of Books, tracking the sensibilities of the their disaffected, autobiographical protagonists. Inscribed on the front free endpaper: "For Sue, Love, Renata." Author photo to rear panel of dust jacket by Richard Avedon. Dust jacket designed by R.D. Scudellari. Minor offsetting to endpapers from binder's glue, light toning to edges of cloth; light toning top edge of unclipped dust jacket. Near fine. Item #1795