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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Vintage Books
Publication date February 1, 1999
Pages 337
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780375702037
ISBN-10 0375702032
Dimensions 1 by 5.25 by 8.25 in.
Weight 0.70 lbs.
Original list price $14.95
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
In 1980, a young Southern aristocrat arrives in New York to pursue his artistic ambitions, falling in love with both a gifted male composer and a failed debutante turned painter, until their brilliant circle of gifted and artistic friends falls prey to the ravages of AIDS. Reprint. 30,000 first printing. NYT.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: With great narrative inventiveness and emotional amplitude, Allan Gurganus gives us artistic Manhattan in the wild 1980s, where young artists--refugees from the middle class--hurl themselves into playful work and serious fun.  Our guide is Hartley Mims Jr., a Southerner whose native knack for happiness might thwart his literary ambitions. Through his eyes we encounter the composer Robert Christian Gustafson, an Iowa preacher's son whose good looks constitute both a mythic draw and a major limitation, and Angelina "Alabama" Byrnes, a failed deb, five feet tall but bristling with outsized talent.  These friends shelter each other, promote each other's work, and compete erotically.  When tragedy strikes, this circle grows up fast, somehow finding, at the worst of times, the truest sort of family.

Funny and heartbreaking, as eventful as Dickens and as atmospheric as one of Fitzgerald's parties, Plays Well with Others combines a fable's high-noon energy with an elegy's evening grace.  Allan Gurganus's celebrated new novel is a lovesong to imperishable friendship, a hymn to a brilliant and now-vanished world.

Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780394589145
 
from Alfred a Knopf Inc (November 1, 1997)
9780394589145 | details & prices | 337 pages | 6.50 × 10.00 × 1.50 in. | 1.70 lbs | List price $25.00
About: In 1980, a young Southern aristocrat arrives in New York to pursue his artistic ambitions, falling in love with both a gifted male composer and a failed debutante turned painter, until their brilliant circle of gifted and artistic friends falls prey to the ravages of AIDS
Paperback
Book cover for 9780375702037
 
The price comparison is for this edition
Reprint edition from Vintage Books (February 1, 1999)
9780375702037 | details & prices | 337 pages | 5.25 × 8.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.70 lbs | List price $14.95
About: In 1980, a young Southern aristocrat arrives in New York to pursue his artistic ambitions, falling in love with both a gifted male composer and a failed debutante turned painter, until their brilliant circle of gifted and artistic friends falls prey to the ravages of AIDS
Miscellaneous
from Vintage Books (January 12, 2011)
9780307764133 | details & prices | 368 pages | List price $14.95
Cassette/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9780679460558
 
Abridged edition from Random House (November 1, 1997)
9780679460558 | details & prices | 4.25 × 7.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.35 lbs | List price $18.00
About: In 1980, a young Southern aristocrat arrives in New York to pursue his artistic ambitions, falling in love with both a gifted male composer and a failed debutante turned painter, and in time their brilliant circle of gifted and artistic friends falls prey to the ravages of AIDS.

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