James Salter has long been admired for his lucid prose and the brilliance of his style. In this, his long-awaited first collection of short fiction ... Show synopsis James Salter has long been admired for his lucid prose and the brilliance of his style. In this, his long-awaited first collection of short fiction there are gathered a dozen stories, some new and others which were published individually over a span of years. James Salter explores with subtlety the deeply personal worlds of a priviledged but insecure class, exposing the bright surfaces of their lives and probing for what lies beneath - hints of disillusionment, flaws of character. Seemingly without effort he brings forth a prism of human experience, of lives seen from a mulitplicity of viewpoints. The stories reflect, turn, and reflect again the myriad moments that shape a fate. In one, a divorced woman learns that she is about to lose the last thing of real value to her. In another, a callow screenwriter unexpectedly discovers in Rome the true meaning of art and glory. In a third, a rider far off in the fields, is involved in a grotesque accident - night is falling and she must face it alone. Each story is told with weighted calm. We are drawn into them as we might be drawn into the secret cobversations of strangers, by a lingering swirl of tone, revelation, and insight.