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Eleven Kinds of Lonlinessby Richard Yates
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Originally published in 1962, one year after the release of Revolutionary Road, this sublime collection of short stories stands with the earlier masterpiece novel at the pinnacle of American postwar fiction.
Hailed by the New York Times Book Review as "the New York equivalent of Dubliners," Eleven Kinds of Loneliness sees Yates cast his characteristically compassionate eye over eleven unrelenting but flawless portraits of human frailty and resilience. A cult book for an entire generation, today it seems even more powerful. Out of the lives of Manhattan office workers, a cab driver with visions of immortality, frustrated would-be novelists, suburban men and their yearning, neglected women, Richard Yates creates a haunting, subtly shaded mosaic of the 1950s, the era when the American dream was finally coming true — and just beginning to ring a little hollow.
"The best short-story collection ever written by an American." Kurt Vonnegut
"Read and weep." Kate Atkinson
"The stories are sharply focussed, beautifully written and pwerfully moving. I know of no collection like it. Deservedly it has become a classic." Ann Beattie
"Yates is a master of the form." Sebastian Faulks
"The most perceptive author of the 20th Century." The Times
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