'I fell hopelessly in love with John Cheever last year... He was, and his fiction is, extraordinary. I love the way you never know what on Earth is going to happen next' Philip Hensher
John Cheever was born in Quincy, Massachusetts, in 1912, and he went to school at Thayer Academy in South Braintree. He is the author of seven collections of stories and five novels. His first novel, The Wapshot Chronicle, won the 1958 National Book Award. In 1965 he received the Howells Medal for Fiction from the National Academy of Arts and Letters and in 1978 he won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Shortly before his death in 1982 he was awarded the National Medal for Literature.
In a class by itself, not only among Cheever's work but among all
novels I know -- Joseph Heller
Cheever's deepest, most challenging book * New York Times *
John Cheever's prose is always a pleasure to read because it is both graceful and governed * Chicago Tribune *
A master American storyteller * Time *
Cheever writes a restrained, half -mocking hymn to the delusions of comfortable America which is a pleasure to read * Guardian *