London: Serpent’s Tail, 1993. 1st UK Edition. Octavo, publisher’s illustrated stiff paper wraps, french flaps.
"We were a ragtag band of inhibited outsiders, each a secret and keeping secrets from the others. And ourselves, I suspect." Presentation copy of experimental novelist and short story writer Lynne Tillman’s third novel, warmly inscribed to fellow New York writer and friend Paula Fox and her husband, editor and translator Martin Greenberg, on the title-page: "For dear Paula and Martin / Thank you, your friendship means the world—and your love— / All my love, yours, Lynne." Widely admired by her peers, Tillman first garnered acclaim in the late 1980s for her genre-crossing fiction. Set in Crete in the 70s, Cast in Doubt revolves around Horace, an aging gay ex-pat mystery novelist and his obsession with an ex-opera singer who suddenly disappears. Fox, best known for her revered novel Desperate Characters (1970), as well as her memoir Borrowed Finery (2001), has been equally adulated by her contemporaries for her artistry and prolific output. Tillman has written numerous reviews of Fox’s work over the course of her career, publicly praising the late author for her narrative brilliance and "elliptical" writing style. Originally published in the US in 1992. Moderate creasing and wear to wraps. Very good. Item #4238