Book Condition: Fine in Fine dust jacket
Edition: First Edition; First Printing
Publisher: New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1992.
A handsome first Trade edition/first printing (preceded only by a signed private publication of Franklin Library), gilt stamped cloth in unread Fine condition in alike dustjacket.
Set in Harlem in the 1920's, this is the story of Joe Trace, a middle-aged door-to-door salesman who shoots his teenage lover to death. At the funeral, his unstable wife, Violet, attacks the girl's corpse. Morrison captures the bittersweet mood of black urban life and the rhythms of the city where jazz casts bewitching spells. The second part of Morrison's trilogy on African American history, beginning with Beloved and ending with Paradise; [x], 229,  pages.