Salter, James Light Years

ISBN 13: 9780099450221

Light Years

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Viri and Nedra Berland live a gilded life in upstate New York. Their days revolve around leisurely dinners, ingenious games with their two daughters and long, sun-kissed spells by the water. Nedra, with her brilliant smile and air of mystery, is a magnet for their urbane friends from the city. Viri, imaginative and witty, is host and entertainer. Together they have created what seems to be the perfect life. But there are cracks in their marriage that, as the years roll by, become crevasses. It seems that, in testing the limits of their happiness, Nedra and Viri are compelled to destroy it. Seductive, elegant and full of shadows, Light Years is a twentieth-century classic, a portrait of marriage that is also an exquisitely resonant study of paradise lost.

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'A sensitive author who is romantic, intelligent and superbly balanced' Joseph Heller

About the Author:

James Salter was born in 1925 and grew up in New York City on Manhattan's Upper East Side. He graduated from West Point in 1945 and began a twelve-year stint in the Air Force, much of it as a fighter pilot. After flying combat in Korea, he was assigned to air squadrons in Europe and there began writing. He resigned his commission after the publication of his first novel in 1956. A second novel appeared in 1961, and his reputation was established with A Sport and a Pastime. In 1989 his collection of short stories, Dusk and Other Stories, won the PEN/Faulkner Award.

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