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The End of Me (PB) (2020)

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9781681374338
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A moving tale about middle age, divorce, modern love, and returning home by one of the great American storytellers.

Asher's career as a Hollywood screenwriter has come to a humiliating end; so has his latest marriage. Returning to New York, where he grew up, he takes a room at a hotel and wonders what, well into middle age as he is, he should do next. It's not a question of money; it's a question of purpose, maybe of pride. In the company of the arch young poet Michael, Asher revisits the streets and tenements of the Lower East Side where he spent his childhood, though little remains of the past. Michael introduces Asher to Aurora, perhaps his girlfriend, who, to Asher's surprise, seems bent on pursuing him, too. Soon the older man and his edgy young companions are caught up in a slow, strange, almost ritualized dance of deceit and desire.

The End of Me, a successor to Hayes's In Love and My Face for the World to See, can be seen as the final panel of a triptych in which Alfred Hayes anatomizes, with a cool precision and laconic lyricism that are all his own, the failure of modern love. The last scene is the starkest of all.

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Author:
Alfred Hayes
Introduction by:
Paul Bailey
ISBN 10:
1681374331
Pages:
192
Publisher:
New York Review of Books
Publication Date:
June 9, 2020
Binding:
Paperback
Weight:
0.45lbs