Fine condition.Fourth Estate,2005.First edition-first printing.Purple hardback(silver lettering to the spine) with Dj(a couple of creases and nicks on the Dj cover),both in fine condition.Nice and clean pages as new with two small ink marks and nick on the outer edges of the pages,crease and small nick on the edge of the pages,small pencil mark impression on the edge of the first blank page of the book.Nice and clean book as new.434pp.Price un-clipped. This is another paragraph Review: One of the female frontrunners for the title of Great American Novelist.' Maggie Gee, Sunday Times 'A writer of extraordinary strengths!she has dealt consistently with what is probably the great American theme -- the quest for the creation of self!Her great subject, naturally, is love.' Ian Sansom, Guardian 'Her prose is peerless and her ability to make you think as she re-invents genres is unique. Few writers move so effortlessly from the gothic tale to the psychological thriller to the epic family saga to the lyrical novella.