Complete Novels

Complete Novels

Book - 2009
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Publisher: New York : Library of America, c2009
ISBN: 9781598530353
1598530356
Branch Call Number: FIC Chee
Characteristics: 933 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Bailey, Blake 1963-

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lukasevansherman
Jan 01, 2014

Cheever is perhaps best known for his short stories, but he also wrote five novels, which the Library of America has collected in this handsome, annotated, hardback volume. As with his contemporary Updike, Cheever primarily deals with angst, alienation and bad behavior among well-to-do white people in the suburbs. The two Wapshot novels are his most famous, but I didn't really like either of them. "Bullet Park" was my favorite of the group, taking the suburban theme and making it a bit darker and stranger. "Falconer" is his oddest and most atypical novel, set in a prison and his final novel "Oh What a Paradise It Seems" is a slim volume about romance between an unlikely couple as well as the environment.

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