New York: Viking, 1964. First edition. A true first printing of both the book and dust jacket. With the author's colorful inscription over stamped raindrops on the front end paper: "For Kieth [sic] When it rains, it keeps on raining. Ken Kesey." Book Near Fine with the top-stain a bit faded otherwise clean and bright. Price-clipped dust jacket also Near Fine with a few short tears and minor wear at the extremities.
Kesey's epic novel about the Stamper family's place in history. Sometimes a Great Notion tells the story of a labor strike in coastal Oregon's logging industry. The Stampers are not part of the union, whose members go on strike to demand fewer hours and better pay due to decreased demand for their labor. The Stampers decide to cross the picket line and supply the mills with lumber. Kesey's novel digs into the fractious relationships that arise from this labor crisis, both within the community as well as within the Stamper family itself. Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. (Item #1191)