New York: Random House, 1979. First edition. Both book and jacket in Fine condition, housed in the original slip case. Signed by the author on the limitation page.
"The bulk of Mr. Styon's story is set at a Brooklyn boarding house in 1947, where the aspiring writer Stingo is befriended by two lovers, Sophie and Nathan, whose instability and flamboyance utterly capture his imagination. Sophie gradually tells Stingo, in a series of long confessional monologues, that she is a former Roman Catholic, an Auschwitz survivor, and, finally, the woman with the terrible secret reflected in the title" (New York Times). Indeed, at the heart of Sophie's Choice are a series of the most difficult, heart-breaking, and humanity-determining questions one can face. We learn through the novel that Sophie is unable to live with her own choices -- the choice of which of her children would live or die in the concentration camp, the choice to ingratiate herself to the Nazis to save herself and sacrifice fellow prisoners, and finally to choice of whether her life is worth living. Unforgettable in book form, Sophie's Choice was made into a compelling film starring Meryl Streep as the title character. Fine in Fine dust jacket. (Item #2636)