Garden City, NY: Anchor Press / Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1978. First Edition. Octavo (28cm); publisher's galley sheets, bound into plain white wrappers, with photo-copied publication information glued to front cover; pp.1-1a, 2-2a, 3-99a. Modest external wear, some dustiness and subtle toning to wrappers, with publication label loose but present; paperclip impression to upper margin of front wrapper and preliminary leaves; Very Good or better. Publisher's typed letter to author and music journalist Greil Marcus (then at Rolling Stone) laid in.
The African-American author's second book, "a personal look at the love relationship, through sensitive interviews with people...It is about the motivations, goals, and about some things that lovers don't even realize about themselves, like greed and deception" (from publicity letter). An excerpt from the book apparently elicited the largest reader response in the history of Essence magazine. Uncommon in this format.