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the novel is a biography which focuses on the gaping disparity between the author’s proud Yankee social persona and his lifelong inner turmoil. The book presents a man who could have emerged fully constituted from one of his masterful novels or short stories. There are some incongruously informal touches. In the final years of Cheever’s life, we saw him accepting to his own nature.
What makes this book stand out?
It is one of a kind and most thoroughly researched and revealing biographies.
Read it for
The author gives the reader a thorough picture of the effects of Cheever's drinking and his ambivalent sexual identity that actually reveals a very tortured soul.
Don't read it for
The book is a lot to take in.