New York: Scribner, 2018. Signed Limited Edition. Octavo, publisher’s black cloth over black paper-covered boards, spine stamped in silver, oxblood endpapers, original photo-illustrated dust jacket, original printed paperboard slipcase, original bookseller's small stapled promotional booklet.
"The thing is you keep existing whether you have a plan to do so or not, until you don’t exist, and then your plans are meaningless." First edition of Rachel Kushner’s acclaimed third novel, signed by the author to the front flyleaf. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the richly detailed bestseller unflinchingly portrays the life of a former stripper serving “"two consecutive life sentences, plus six years" for murdering her stalker. The follow-up to her breakout novel The Flamethrowers (2013), which established her as one of the most talented writers of her generation, the devastating yet at times darkly comic tale has been hailed as one of the most poignant portraits of female incarcerated life. A self-described prison abolitionist, Kushner was inspired to write the novel after she began volunteering for human-rights organization Justice Now and attending visits to maximum security prisons in 2011. Dust jacket design by Peter Mendelsund, with Nan Goldin's iconic photog "Amanda in the Mirror" as the cover image. This signed edition was issued as #73 in Portland, Oregon's Powell's Books' "Indiespensable"program, with the book signed on a tipped in lead and housed in a custom designed slipcase and with an interview booklet. Fine in unclipped dust jacket and slipcase. Item #4152