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Susan Cheever

Teoksen American Bloomsbury tekijä

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About the Author

Susan Cheever, the daughter of the great American writer John Cheever, is the author of nine previous books, including Home Before Dark, a best-selling memoir about her father, & the novel Looking for Work. She has written award-winning articles on parenting for New York Newsday & is a contributing näytä lisää writer to Architectural Digest. She teaches writing at Bennington College & Yale University & lives in New York. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän

Sisältää nimet: Suan Cheever, Susan Cheever

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Tekijän teokset

American Bloomsbury (2006) — Tekijä — 645 kappaletta
Home Before Dark (1984) 262 kappaletta
E. E. Cummings: A Life (2014) 107 kappaletta
Note Found in a Bottle (1999) 103 kappaletta
Desire: Where Sex Meets Addiction (2008) 48 kappaletta
Treetops: A Family Memoir (1991) 44 kappaletta
Looking for Work (1979) 36 kappaletta
Doctors and Women (1987) 25 kappaletta
The Cage (1982) 16 kappaletta
Elizabeth Cole (1989) 12 kappaletta
A Handsome Man (1981) 11 kappaletta
My Little Bit of Country (2014) 1 kappale

Associated Works

Pikku naisia (1868) — Johdanto, eräät painokset25,689 kappaletta
Sugar in My Bowl: Real Women Write About Real Sex (2011) — Avustaja — 103 kappaletta
Bad Girls: 26 Writers Misbehave (2007) — Avustaja — 63 kappaletta
Child of Mine: Original Essays on Becoming a Mother (1997) — Avustaja — 53 kappaletta
Newsweek | May 23 & 30, 2011 | The Good Wife 2012 (2011) — Avustaja — 1 kappale

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I found this book incredibly disappointing. The structure was impossible discern and there were so many obvious gaps in the portraits of the people in question. Cheever shifted back and forth in time in ways that made no sense, but made me feel as though she had cut the manuscript up in the middle of each paragraph and then pasted them together. There were so many paragraphs that literally were two discrete trains of thought merged together that I ended up rereading passages multiple times just to make sure I wasn't missing something. Also annoying was Cheever's heav-handed insertion of her own personal philosophies into the book, philosophies that were either trite or poorly constructed or both.… (lisätietoja)
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lschiff | 32 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Sep 24, 2023 |
I'm not a big biography reader, but this book was OK - kind of lightweight maybe but I guess it suited me. I enjoyed learning more about the Transcendentalists and Concord. Very short chapters and disjointed, but somehow that was fine with me.
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steve02476 | 32 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 3, 2023 |
I really enjoyed this fascinating book wanted to know more about Thoreau
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mgallantfnp | 32 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 26, 2022 |
Looking for Work, Susan Cheever’s first novel, is the story of Salley Gardens, daughter of a respected Columbia University professor. The book describes Salley’s haphazard quest for personal fulfillment in America at an unspecified moment in time—likely the early 1970s. Cheever makes it clear that Salley has come of age in a world that has more regard for her looks than her abilities and treats her as an appendage of the men in her life. When the novel begins, Salley, a recent Radcliffe graduate, is living in Wyoming, working for the Laramie Eagle, “the only newspaper that offered me a job when I graduated from college with a gentlewoman’s C- average.” But Salley is ambitious. Smart and confident, she enjoys her independence and does not like the idea of being tied down. But, confident or not, she cannot defy expectations and say no when her beau, Jason Gardens (the son of close friends of her parents), proposes. Setting her doubts aside, Salley leaves her job, moves to New York, and marries Jason, an editor at a prestigious magazine, and to her regret is instantly subsumed into his life and milieu. From this point Cheever’s novel becomes a series of encounters as Salley struggles to escape the smothering cocoon of her marriage and establish an identity for herself and thereby achieve a kind of rebirth. Her confusion is brilliantly evoked in the set pieces that are Cheever’s primary focus. These episodes establish her growing ambivalence toward the institution of marriage, her attraction to men other than Jason, and her doubts regarding children and motherhood. Along the way Salley endures one humiliating interview after another as she hunts for satisfying work and becomes attuned to the body language of the men (it is always men doing the interviewing) seated across the desk as they smile and cheerily dismiss her accomplishments and qualifications and tell her to keep in touch. Eventually, her marriage having fizzled, she embarks on a series of casual dalliances, eventually falling in love with Max Angelo, a famous sculptor, an impulsive, intensely selfish, sensual man of the world. But even here the luster dims because the relationship proceeds on Max’s terms: Salley is always being called upon to accommodate Max’s schedule and cater to Max’s whims and desires. In the end Salley accepts a lowly position with a national publication. But it’s a foot in the door, and she understands that as a young woman navigating a man’s world, she must take whatever crumbs fall her way. Salley’s story may not be spellbinding, but it is never less than amusing, and Cheever’s sophisticated, crystalline prose frequently achieves dazzling poetic heights. Inevitably some readers will be put off by Salley’s moneyed lineage and secure standing as the daughter of white, east-coast privilege—How can we be expected to sympathize with someone who’s never known a moment of hardship in her life? Indeed, the novel provoked annoyance on precisely this score when it was published in 1980, and Cheever’s heroine was dismissed as insipid and self-centred. However, assessed on its own terms, Susan Cheever’s debut fiction achieves an extraordinary feat: it draws us into the rarefied world of a spoiled, coddled young woman whom we would probably detest in real life, and keeps us entertained until the end.… (lisätietoja)
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