“[Fair Warning is] often brilliant, [a] meditation on love and possession . . . Butler wins us over in the opening pages with this companionable, warts-and-all narrator . . . . Fair Warning deserves our praise, but its author also deserves our gratitude, for his continued risk-taking and stubbornly singular sensibility.” Todd Kilman, The Washington Post
978-0-8021-3956-6 • $12.00 • Paperback • Jan. 2003
With Fair Warning, Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Olen Butler “has created one of the more fascinating female protagonists in recent history” (Kirkus Reviews). Amy Dickerson is the star employee of Nichols and Gray, an auction house catering to the shopping pheromones of the rich and powerful. She has turned the pitch into her creative art, using the abundant talents of a sophisticated woman: wit, charm, knowledge, and above all an outstanding ability to read people and intuit their deepest desires. Her customers are intoxicated by the objects that define them and thrilled by the act of making them their own. And sometimes, such as when a mysterious man locks eyes with her as she gives “fair warning” before sounding the auction gavel, that object is Amy herself. Following its unforgettable heroine from the posh restaurants of New York to the backyards of Houston to the glorious riverbanks of Paris, Fair Warning is a stirring mediation on the possibility of love and authenticity in a world where everyone must own or be owned.