New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, (1979).
Hardcover. First edition, third state with last line of text present on page 231. Heavily foxed on the foredge, a little sunning on the boards, and a tiny nick on the front fly, very good in very good dustwrapper with several small tears. Inscribed by Malamud to Chet Garrison (a close friend and colleague of Malamud's) and his wife Louise: "For Louise & Chet In appreciation of a long friendship, Bern." The Garrisons were also the dedicatees of a 1967 omnibus edition of Malamud's work, *The Malamud Reader*. There are several very light pencil notes or marks in the text, probably in Chet Garrison's hand.
Chester A. Garrison became friends with Malamud soon after Garrison joined the English Department at Oregon State College (now University) in 1954 where they bonded over being Easterners (Malamud from New York and Garrison from Jersey City) and their mutual interest in Thomas Hardy. Malamud's son Paul interviewed Garrison about their relationship for the book *The Magic Worlds of Bernard Malamud* (2001). A very nice association copy.