Notes: A novel about a Las Vegas showgirl. In his memoir Literary Life, McMurtry said he wrote this novel "in twenty-two days" and that the book "seemed to flow out of me as rapidly as I could type. The Desert Rose was supposed to have been a screenplay, but, to my intense relief, it came out as a novel. I had hardly written a sentence I liked for eight years: to actually enjoy my own prose again was a big, big deal" (p. 91).
Edition + Condition: First edition (first printing with a numberline ending in 1). A very good copy (slight spine lean) in a very good dust jacket (no remainder mark). A very nice copy. Signed on the title page by McMurtry.
Publication: New York: Simon and Schuster, 1983.
Item No: #362900