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Light Years

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This exquisite, resonant novel by PEN/Faulkner winner James Salter is a brilliant portrait of a marriage by a contemporary American master. It is the story of Nedra and Viri, whose favored life is centered around dinners, ingenious games with their children, enviable friends, and near-perfect days passed skating on a frozen river or sunning on the beach. But even as he lingers over the surface of their marriage, Salter lets us see the fine cracks that are spreading through it, flaws that will eventually mar the lovely picture beyond repair. Seductive, witty, and elegantly nuanced, Light Years is a classic novel of an entire generation that discovered the limits of its own happiness--and then felt compelled to destroy it.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 132 x 203 x 18mm | 249g
  • Vintage Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reissue
  • 0679740732
  • 9780679740735
  • 77,090

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This exquisite, resonant novel is a brilliant portrait of marriage by a contemporary American master. Even as he lingers over the lustrous surface of Viri and Nedra's marriage, James Salter makes us see the cracks that are spreading through it, flaws that will in time mar it beyond repair. "An unexpectedly moving ode to beautiful lives frayed by time."
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Extraordinary . . . at once tender, exultant, unabashedly sexual, sensual, and profoundly sad. Light Years is a masterpiece.
Elizabeth Benedict, Philadelphia Inquirer
 
Remarkable. . . . Salter celebrates the silver-and-golden bitterness of life. Light Years . . . becomes an unexpectedly moving ode to beautiful lives frayed by time.
James Wolcott, Esquire
 
[A] twentieth-century masterpiece. At once iridescent, lyrical, mystical and magnetic.
Bloomsbury Review
 
An absolutely beautiful, monstrous, important book.
Joy Williams
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"Extraordinary . . . at once tender, exultant, unabashedly sexual, sensual, and profoundly sad. Light Years is a masterpiece."
--Elizabeth Benedict, Philadelphia Inquirer "Remarkable. . . . Salter celebrates the silver-and-golden bitterness of life. Light Years . . . becomes an unexpectedly moving ode to beautiful lives frayed by time."
--James Wolcott, Esquire "[A] twentieth-century masterpiece. At once iridescent, lyrical, mystical and magnetic."
--Bloomsbury Review "An absolutely beautiful, monstrous, important book."
--Joy Williams
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About James Salter

James Salter authored numerous books, including the novels All That Is, Solo Faces, Light Years, A Sport and a Pastime, The Arm of Flesh (revised as Cassada), and The Hunters; the memoirs Gods of Tin and Burning the Days; the collections Dusk and Other Stories, which won the 1989 PEN/Faulkner Award, and Last Night, which won the Rea Award for the Short Story and the PEN/Malamud Award; and Life Is Meals: A Food Lover's Book of Days, written with his wife, Kay Salter. He died in 2015.
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Rating details

5,602 ratings
4.02 out of 5 stars
5 39% (2,188)
4 35% (1,966)
3 17% (966)
2 6% (335)
1 3% (147)
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