Title: Now in November
Author: Johnson, Josephine
Publisher: Simon and Schuster, New York
Publication Date: 1934
Edition: First Edition
Book Condition: VG
Comments: First Printing with 1934 date printed on the title page. No d-j. The book is bound in the original publisher’s brown cloth. 1/4″ tear on top and bottom of spine. Spine label darkened. Light wear to front and back boards. “30” stamped on bottom edge. Fore-edge has some discoloration.
Synopsis: Brilliant, evocative, poetic, savage, this Pulitzer Prize-winning first novel (1934) written when Josephine Winslow Johnson was only 24, depicts a white, middle-class urban family that is turned into dirt-poor farmers by the Depression and the great drought of the thirties. The novel moves through a single year and, at the same time, a decade of years, from the spring arrival of the family at their mortgaged farm to the winter 10 years later, when the ravages of drought, fire, and personal anguish have led to the deaths of two of the five. Like Ethan Frome, the relatively brief, intense story evokes the torment possible among people isolated and driven by strong feelings of love and hate that, unexpressed, lead inevitably to doom. Reviewers in the thirties praised the novel, calling its prose “profoundly moving music,” expressing incredulity “that this mature style and this mature point of view are those of a young women in her twenties,” comparing the book to “the luminous work of Willa Cather,” and, with prescience, suggesting that it “has that rare quality of timelessness which is the mark of first-rate fiction.”