A fine, very brave book...one of the best portraits of an American writer.The New York Times Book Review
Intimate, deeply felt, and often harrowing.
John Updike Whatever biographers and literary historians of the future make of John Cheever, their ur-text, their indespensible place of beginning will have to be Susan Cheever's beautiful book about her father.The Washington Post Book World
One of the most moving and intimate books I have read in years.The Wall Street Journal
A restrained and haunting elegy.The New York Times Book Review Home Before Dark
clearly demanded more from its author, more courage and force of heart than will be required of any biographer of John Cheever.Los Angeles Herald Examiner
Out of the pain of real life Susan Cheever has created a document that is ultimately a paean to family love, as humane and bittersweet as the best of her father's work, and as completely believable....her depictions of a family, albeit an extraordinary one, in extremis
reads like the best fiction.
Joyce Carol Oates A powerful book -- beautifully written....I don't know when I have read anything that absorbed me more.Chicago Tribune Book World
An act of love, a compassionate, well-written account not just of the father, or the writer, but of the whole man -- his exhilerations and his darker impulses.
About the Author
is the bestselling author of thirteen previous books, including five novels and the memoirs Note Found in a Bottle
and Home Before Dark.
Her work has been nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award and won the Boston Globe
Winship Medal. She is a Guggenheim Fellow, a member of the Corporation of Yaddo, and a member of the Author's Guild Council. She teaches in the Bennington College M.F.A. program. She lives in New York City with her family.