Book Condition: Fine in Fine dust jacket
Edition: First Edition; First Printing; Signed by Author
Size: 8vo; [x], 334,  pages
Publisher: New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1997.
A beautiful first printing of the first trade edition, following a private publication by The Franklin Library. Fine condition in equally unblemished dustjacket. Signed by author John Updike directly on the front fly leaf. De Bellis Broomfield A164b.
John Updike's journal of 66-year-old Ben Turnbull who reflects about the onset of old age and his dwindling sex life in 2020, following the Sino-American War which the USA lost. He also attempts to cope with a changed America, in which Federal and State bureaucracy and law enforcement have disappeared to be replaced by gangs running protection rackets.