The Stories of John Cheever

By John Cheever

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

When The tales of John Cheever used to be initially released, it grew to become a right away nationwide bestseller and received the Pulitzer Prize.  In the years when you consider that, it has turn into a classic.  Vintage Books is proud to reintroduce this remarkable collection.

Here are sixty-one tales that chronicle the lives of what has been referred to as "the maximum generation."  From the early ask yourself and disillusionment of urban existence in "The huge, immense Radio" to the fantastic discoveries and customary mysteries of suburbia in "The Housebreaker of Shady Hill" and "The Swimmer," Cheever tells us every thing we have to learn about "the discomfort and wonder of life."

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