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Jun 09, 2020 | ISBN 9781681374338

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“His novels perfectly capture the texture of midcentury American life. There’s nothing obsolete in Hayes’s writing. His work must come back to us in all its brutal honesty.” —Alex Harvey, Los Angeles Review of Books

“[Alfred Hayes] gives you an amazingly precise representation of what the world looks like if there’s no love in it.” —Rachel Cusk

“Along with the other parts of this loose trilogy, this elegant, oddly-gripping novel establishes Hayes as the even more disenchanted heir of F. Scott Fitzgerald. . . . ‘The End Of Me’ is stingingly good.” —John Powers, NPR’s Fresh Air

“[T]he canny revivalists at New York Review Books. . . . have reissued a loosely defined ‘trilogy’ of Hayes’ short, powerful, first-person novels about a young writer . . . The last of these, ‘The End of Me,’ . . . is . . . the most evolved and personal of the set, an impressionistic reflection on what it’s like to go looking for who you were in the places where you used to live. . . . Giving yourself over to each brief, tortured and often beautifully written paragraph feels like watching someone wrestle with the unfortunate reality of himself.” —Scott Bradfield, The Los Angeles Times

“This author’s is a truly formidable and terrifying talent. He has a merciless insight into human behaviour and he writes with extreme compression and great directness.” —Walter Allen, New Statesman

“What sets him apart . . . is his feeling for words and his sense of how to make them count.” —Malcolm Cowley, The New York Times

“In his own manner Alfred Hayes makes his every note ring clear and true.” —Saturday Review

“Alfred Hayes writes with grace and facility . . . A master of contemporary fiction.” —New York Herald Tribune Book Review

“One very quiet touch from Mr. Hayes can convey more pain than any quantity of huffing and puffing from more insistent but less accomplished writers.” —Times Literary Supplement

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