Edition: First printing.
New York: Viking, 1985. dj. Hardcover first edition - The third novel, one of his shortest and darkest, by this important American writer. His second novel, J. R. won the National Book Award (as did his fourth novel, 'A Frolic of His Own') and Gaddis had already received the MacArthur award by the time this was published. This novel "centers on the tempestuous marriage of an heiress and a beleaguered Vietnam veteran out for the main chance.. From their 'carpenter gothic' rented house on the Hudson River, Paul sets himself up as a media consultant for Reverend Ude, an evangelistic preacher mounting a grand crusade against the forces of evil" - one that suits a mining combine bidding to take over a major ore strike on the site of Ude's African radio station and mission. 262 pp. ISBN: 0-670697931.
Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.