Author(s): William Maxwell
The decision to invite his Southern relatives to stay proves a fateful one for Austin King. By the time they leave, his reputation and his marriage have suffered irreparable damage. Against the perfectly-drawn background of small-town Illinois at the turn of the 20th century, Maxwell once again uncovers the seeds of potential tragedy at the heart of a happily-established family.
A visit from relatives sparks an implosion in the life of a good-natured family man
William Maxwell was born in 1908 in Lincoln, Illinois. He is the author of six novels and three story collections. A New Yorker editor for forty years, he helped to shape the prose and careers of John Updike, John Cheever, John O'Hara and Eudora Welty. Published in the 1950s by Chatto & Windus, Maxwell received the PEN/Malamud Award in 1995, and won the American Book Award for So Long, See You Tomorrow (1980). He lives in New York.