New York: Knopf, 1995.
One of the most highly-praised novels of its decade, winner of both the 1996 Pulitzer and Pen/Faulkner awards, the first novel ever to achieve such a thing.
A thought-provoking examination of the expectations and disappointments in one man's life as the 4th July week-end ebbs and flows.
He desperately tries to find a new home for some brilliantly observed losers from Vermont, has some resentful exchanges with his former wife, takes a difficult teenage son on what might have been an idyllic pilgrimage to two sports Halls of Fame, bobs and weaves uneasily around his girlfriend Sally and, as the Fourth arrives, achieves a sort of low-key epiphany.
True first printing (with miss-print on page 289), in perfect condition, which is rare.