First British edition. Hardcover. Smiley's fourth book, a collection of six short stories. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket which is very different in design and tone from the U. S jacket. Signed by Smiley on the title page in her usual large florid style.
Very good in very good dust jacket. Signed by author. book: mild crimping to spine edges, tiny bump to bottom corner of front board, tiny scuffs & shallow gouges on bottom edge, tiny bit of soiling to bottom edge at fore-edge, very slight cock to top edge of spine, boards a little loose. dj: mild wrinkling to spine edges, tiny scuff to top & bottom edge of front flap fold, tiny scuff & wrinkle to top edge rear flap fold, mild crease along top & bottom edge of flaps & top edge of panels & near bottom edge of rear panel, mild to moderate shelfwear to panels. nice probably unread copy with dj in mylar protection. signed by author on title page.
Publishers Weekly, 1987-07-10 With authenticity, insight, sensitivity and an unobstrusive yet absorbing prose style, Smiley (Duplicate Keys portrays pained individuals who yearn for idyllic companionship, plus the contentment and security that they imagine it entails. In ``The Pleasure of Her Company,'' one of five short stories, a lonely pediatric nurse establishes a rapport with her new neighbors. Convinced that married couples share an inviolable, almost mystical bond that outsiders cannot fathom, she makes the unwelcome discovery that their apparent harmony is a facade. ``Lily'' is the tale of a love-hungry young poet whose bickering married friends arrive for a visit; Lily boldly hastens their break-up. In ``Dynamite,'' a former Barnard College radical still wanted by the FBI impulsively heads back to New York for the reassuring presence of her family. The novella from which this slim volume takes its title brilliantly shows a husband's agony when his wife's affection turns elsewhere. During a crisis over her infidelity, he emerges as an unforgettably valiant character: vulnerable, hurt, bewildered, though never without patience. This novella's quietly dramatic resolution is both appropriate and rewarding. (September 10) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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