New York: Farrar, Straus & Cudahy, 1961.
Hardcover. First edition. Modest overall wear on the boards, very good in good dustwrapper with age-toning and modest chips. Inscribed by Malamud to Chet Garrison (a close friend and colleague of Malamud's) and his wife Louise: "For Louise and Chet with love, Bern." The Garrisons were also the dedicatees of a 1967 omnibus edition of Malamud's work, *The Malamud Reader*
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). Author's third novel. A very nice association copy.