Books: A Troubled Life with Father

HOME BEFORE DARK by Susan Cheever; Houghton Mifflin; 243 pages; $15.95

John Cheever died at age 70 in 1982. Near the end of her "biographical memoir" of the late writer, his daughter Susan, the author of three novels, recalls a visit to her father's grave in Massachusetts: "I look down at the snowy earth where my father lies. There are footprints under the maple tree that grows over his grave. People have been here, although the snow around the other graves is untrammeled. It was June when we buried him—the summer solstice. The day...

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