Books: Coda

OH WHAT A PARADISE IT SEEMS by John Cheever Knopf; 100 pages; $10

This is Author John Cheever's first new book since the novel Falconer (1977). In the interim came The Stories of John Cheever (1978), an elegant anthology of some of the best American short fiction written this century. It was justifiably praised and prized; it also became a bestseller, which collections of stories are not supposed to do. Having summed up one strand of his career, and facing a considerably enlarged circle of admirers, the author was left with some money, acclaim...

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