"we were each other, we were each other, not that it mattered much in the long run but what else mattered as much": First Edition of the authors first book run river; Signed by Joan Didion
Item Number: 79042
New York: Ivan Obolensky, Inc, 1963.
First edition of the Didion’s first book. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Joan Didion on the title page. Contemporary bookplate to the front free endpaper, near fine in a very good dust jacket with some rubbing to the extremities. Jacket design by Anthony Post.
Joan Didion's electrifying first novel is a haunting portrait of a marriage whose wrong turns and betrayals are at once absolutely idiosyncratic and a razor-sharp commentary on the history of California. Everett McClellan and his wife, Lily, are the great-grandchildren of pioneers, and what happens to them is a tragic epilogue to the pioneer experience, a story of murder and betrayal that only Didion could tell with such nuance, sympathy, and suspense. "There hasn't been another American writer of Joan Didion's quality since Nathanael West.... [She has] a vision as bleak and precise as Eliot's" (John Leonard, The New York Times).