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Vintage Minis bring you the world’s greatest writers on the experiences that make us human – from birth to death and everything in between

What’s the worst another drink could do? John Cheever pours out our most sociable of vices, and hands it to us in a highball. From the calculating teenager who raids her parents’ liquor cabinet, only to drown her sorrows in it, to the suburban swimmer withering away with every plunge he takes, these are stories suffused with beauty, sadness, and the gathering storm of a bender well-done. Seen through the gin-lacquered looking glass of Cheever’s writing, your next drink may have you reaching for a lime and soda instead.

Selected from the book Collected Stories by John Cheever

VINTAGE MINIS: GREAT MINDS. BIG IDEAS. LITTLE BOOKS.
A series of short books by the world’s greatest writers on the experiences that make us human
Also in the Vintage Minis series:
Swimming by Roger Deakin
Eating by Nigella Lawson
Calm by Tim Peaks
Love by Jeanette Winterson

Reviews

John Cheever understood fallibility and that made for the greatness in his writing

The Times

Imagine our joy when Vintage announced that it is publishing a collection of easily digestible books from the world’s most celebrated writers on the experiences that make us human… They look good and read well. That’s win/win in our book.

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781784872649

    May 29, 2017

    Vintage Classics

    128 pages

    RRP $7.99

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