Modern Library, October 1997. First Thus. Cloth. Used - Like New / Very Good. Item #239131
The novellas are characterized by their unfailing intelligence and by the technical surehandedness and acuity of the writing. Each has a strong sense of place - New York City, the Hudson Valley, Saratoga Springs - and an eclectic cast of characters who inhabit regions where our most acute hopes, fears, and anxieties coexist. The respectable lawyer of "Tale for the Mirror" attempts to oust an unconventional Hindu healer from his community, only to wonder whether the doctor's trickery is any different from his own. In "The Railway Police, " a journey by train occasions a social worker's sudden break with past pretenses and her kafkaesque rebirth as a vagabond. And in "Saratoga, Hot, " a sharply observed tale set amid the fabled world of horse racing, a man and woman discover new strength in a love touched by tragedy. Included as well are "Extreme Magic, " "The Man Who Spat Silver, " and "The Last Trolley Ride."
First Modern Library edition in dustjacket. Grey cloth boards with silver lettering on spine & M.L. torchbearer emblem blind stamped front boards. Tight binding. Non-authorial inscription on blank page after FFEP. Otherwise interiors clean, unmarked & without underlining, side-notes, etc. Tight binding. 'Includes Tale for the Mirror; Extreme Magic; Saratoga, Hot; The Man Who Spat Silver; Women Men Don't Talk About; The Railway Police; and The Last Trolley Ride'.