Indelible Acts (Signed copy)
Signed by A L Kennedy, the first US edition
First US edition, first printing hardback in dustwrapper. 22 × 14.5cm, 191pp.
Signed directly to the title page by A L Kennedy.
The twelve stories in Indelible Acts are variations on a theme of longing—the unassuagable human need for contact, for completion, for that most fugitive gift of all: reciprocal love. Its characters' lives are thwarted, dashed, impassioned, each in their own way immolated by hope. A queue outside a cheese shop leads to a thrilling infidelity; a crematorium funeral exposes a love gone sour; a foreign hotel room becomes a diorama of despair as physical sickness becomes a metaphor for incurable grief. In the title story, two lovers confront their lusts amid the ruins of Rome; in 'A Bad Son' a young boy from a damaged home searches for some kind of peace in the newly fallen snow.
This copy is in very good condition, with just a little light wear to the wrapper's edges.