(NY), HarperCollins, (2001). Her fourth novel, winner of the Orange Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award. Warmly inscribed by Patchett to the author Francine Prose in the month of publication: "To Francine, who has helped me make sense of what it means to be a woman writer. I send this with great admiration and good wishes. Yours, A. Patchett." Included is a copy of a New York Magazine review of Bel Canto in which Patchett's earlier books are dismissed as "woman's novels"; Patchett has written on this review (in part): "Dear Francine - I've always wanted to tell you how much your article "The Scent of a Woman's Ink" meant to me..." The note and review are folded in half and laid in; the book is fine in a fine dust jacket. [#035134] SOLD
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