Last Night by James Salter

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Last Night is a spellbinding collection of stories about passion–by turns fiery and subdued, destructive and redemptive, alluring and devastating. These ten powerful stories portray men and women in their most intimate moments. A lover of poetry is asked by his wife to give up what may be his most treasured relationship. A book dealer is forced to face the truth about his life. And in the title story, a translator assists his wife’s suicide, even as he performs a last act of betrayal. James Salter’ s assured style and emotional insight make him one of our most essential writers.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from James Salter's All That Is.

About James Salter

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James Salter is the author of five novels, including The Arm of Flesh, Solo Faces, A Sport and a Pastime, and Light Years, as well as a memoir, Burning the Days. His collection of short fiction Dusk and Other Stories was awarded the PEN/Faulkner award in 1988.
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 148 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The grief felt by a stockbroker too timid to seize the happiness offered him is depicted in “Palm Court,” and a career army man’s victimization by his selfish Czech wife, and eventual escape from her spell into the consolations of tradition and responsibility, is etched in seven icy pages in “Arl...

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The New York Times

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James Salter's stories begin in midscene, often in midconversation.

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The Guardian

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It was a footstep and then, slowly, another - Susanna turned white - as Marit came unsteadily down the stairs.

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AV Club

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The main characters in James Salter's short-story collection Last Night run a tight gamut from the merely comfortable to the incredibly well-off, and almost all of them are either contemplating an infidelity, in the throes of an affair, or recovering from a love that's long since rotted.

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Bookmarks Magazine

In these 10 stories, Salter delves into the interior lives of characters dealing with matters of the heart.

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Booked Solid

James Salter, whether writing short stories or novels, is another one of those American authors admired by writers but not very well known outside the writing community.

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The Paris Review

“You look re-really nice,” Walter stutters to Marit when she comes downstairs in a red silk dress “in which she had always been seductive.” Here is a man who still thinks his wife, who is about to die, looks beautiful, and at this moment, Walter is overwhelmingly sympathetic.

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