From the publisher:
In ten exquisite stories, Salter portrays men and women in their most intimate moments. The title piece, in which a translator assists agonizingly in his wife’s suicide even as he performs a last betrayal, has already been hailed ‘a masterpiece, clearly and without question’. “He has written three books that everyone should read before they die...”Last Night” is a deeply gratifying reminder of what reading is for” – “Independent”. “Breathtaking...Salter’s stories are masterpieces of poise and clarity...Hugely enjoyable and endlessly stimulating” – “Metro”, 5-star review. “There is a steady hum of eroticism beneath his narrative and in the voluptuous restraint of his style. What else can I say? I highly recommend it” – “Daily Telegraph”. “James Salter is a master of the great American short story...Extraordinarily subtle, precise and elegant” – “The Times”.