New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1985. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's pale gray cloth over pale gray paper-covered boards, spine stamped in silver, original printed dust jacket.
"Love drains you, takes with it much of your blood sugar and water weight. You are like a house slowly losing its electricity, the fans slowing, the lights dimming and flickering; the clocks stop and go and stop." Inscribed first edition of award-winning American writer Lorrie Moore's debut collection of short stories. Impressively published when she was only 28, Moore’s cohesive and at times heart-wrenching collection is composed of nine tragically hilarious stories that parody the irresistible self-help hype of the 1980s neoliberalized landscape. Inscribed by Moore on front flyleaf: "For Wilma / Whose son is a wonderful writer! / Best— / Lorrie Moore / May, 1985." Dust jacket designed by Patricia Manzone. Light toning to board edges, some floxi g to top edge of textblock; unclipped dust jacket fine. Item #2626