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Cheever: A Life

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Blake Bailey
Borzoi Books

CheeverJohn Cheever (1912–1982), Pulitzer Prize-winning chronicler of suburban angst, was the very model of a postmodern, self-loathing, closeted, alcoholic bisexual who viewed his sexual orientation as “some enormous bruise.” In 679 pages, his biographer titillatingly traces Cheever’s 70 sad years as an “imposter” in 20th-century society, including how, in Berlin, gay Texan Paul Moor rebuffed Cheever’s advances. —Preview: Donalevan Maines

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