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Safe and Sound by Lucia Berlin. Poltroon Press Hard cover

Safe and Sound by Lucia Berlin. Poltroon Press (1988). Tipped in color illustrations by Frances Butler who is none of the founders of the press and still an active artist. Hard cover with no dust jacket. isbn 10: 0918395054. In correspondence with the publisher there was only one printing of this hard cover edition and while there was no limitation stated, the publisher said there were only 200 copies printed.  Berlin did much, but not most of the typesetting for this book. Pages numbered to page 101. The tipped in plates uniquely printed on a tissue paper. There is the remnant of a price sticker on the front cover and a former bookseller discrete pencil marking on the first blank page. I can't tell if the multi-colored embossment on the front cover is worn or faded, but is still very attractive. The gilt lettering on the spine is bright and unfaded. Otherwise, there are no previous owner markings in the book (highlighting or otherwise) no creases or folds to the pages. Binding is tight with no looseness to the pages. Not ex-Library, Not Facsimile, Not Print-on-demand. BE19b

Lucia Brown Berlin (November 12, 1936 – November 12, 2004)[1] was an American short story writer. She had a small, devoted following, but did not reach a mass audience during her lifetime. She rose to sudden literary fame eleven years after her death, in August 2015, with Farrar, Straus and Giroux's publication of a volume of selected stories, A Manual For Cleaning Women, edited by Stephen Emerson. It hit The New York Times bestseller list in its second week, and within a few weeks, had outsold all her previous books combined.-wikipedia

Berlin was never a bestseller, but was widely influential within the literary community. She aspired to Chekhov's objectivity and refusal to judge. She has also been widely compared to Raymond Carver and Richard Yates. One of her most memorable achievements was the stunning one-page story "My Jockey," which captured a world, a moment and a panoramic movement in five quick paragraphs. It won the Jack London Short Prize for 1985. Berlin also won an American Book Award in 1991 for Homesick, and was awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.-Goodreads