Susan Cheever Cheryl Rivers - Essay

Cheryl Rivers

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Susan Cheever's novel, Looking for Work,… belongs to a tradition of realism which sets itself the task of illuminating the way we all live now. Moreover, Cheever's novel is an attractive contribution to what we have begun to recognize as a female realistic style in which brand names, store names, and restaurant names—Cosmopolitan, Saks, Cartier, Tiffany, Erno Laslo, Johnny Walker Red—serve as objective correlatives and mark the limits of the characters' lives. Following the trends of the recent social novel, Cheever gives us the de rigueur contrasts of New York and California, adding to these mythologies acute observations and quick delineations of difference. She provides the psychiatrist...

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