New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1983. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's black cloth over black paper-covered boards, spine stamped in silver, upper board stamped in black, original pictorial dust jacket.
First edition of acclaimed author Johnson's hallucinatory and harrowing first novel, about two people with little to lose who come together in their respective cross-country flights, yet remain unable to arrest their inevitable downward trajectories. "It was all right to be who he was, but others would probably think it was terrible. A couple of times in the past he'd reached this absolute zero of the truth, and without fear or bitterness he realized now that somewhere inside it there was a move he could make to change his life, to become another person, but he'd never be able to guess what it was." Perhaps best known for his collection of interconnected short stories Jesus' Son (1992), Johnson was an award-winning poet, twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and winner of a National Book Award (for 2007's Tree of Smoke). He died in 2017. Light toning to price-clipped dust jacket. Near fine. Item #2206