The Age of Grief (Signed copy)
Signed by Jane Smiley
First US edition, first printing hardback in dustwrapper. 22 × 15cm, 213pp.
Signed directly to the title page by Jane Smiley.
A novella and five short stories. In The Pleasure of Her Company, a lonely, single woman befriends the married couple next door, hoping to learn the secret of their happiness. In Long Distance, a man finds himself relieved of the obligation to continue an affair that is no longer compelling to him, only to be waylaid by the guilt he feels at his easy escape. And in the incandescently wise and moving title novella, a dentist, aware that his wife has fallen in love with someone else, must comfort her when she is spurned, while maintaining the secret of his own complicated sorrow. Beautifully written, with a wry intelligence and a lively comic touch, The Age of Grief captures moments of great intimacy with grace, clarity, and indelible emotional power.
The book and wrapper are in good solid condition, but there is a small pen mark to the bottom edge of the pages indicating it was a remainder copy. There are also dry tape marks to the pastedown and rfep but the book is otherwise well-bound and with clean pages.