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The Novellas of John O'Hara

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John O'Hara's novellas and his long short stories represent much of his best work. They are marked by the meticulous attention to detail and veracious dialogue that are habitual to O'Hara. His style of fiction, which often follows one individual or relationship through an unpredictable and unstable course, is frequently better served by the shorter form.

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Hardcover, 722 pages
Published August 22nd 1995 by Modern Library (first published 1968)
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This is an excellent collection of novellas, written by John O'Hara, who is one of the great masters of dialog-driven plotting (to some degree, I view O'Hara as the mid-20th century Henry James, if that makes any sense). Like O'Hara's novels and short stories, this collection really puts the reader front and center with the period between the early-1920s and the late-1950s in eastern Pennsylvania, New York City and Hollywood. These are the tales of men and women and their relationships, and they ...more
Mar 24, 2011 Frank rated it liked it
I read only one ("Andrea") in an anthology of short novels. Banged it out on a plane/bus ride, since it's short.

The characters were mostly well-sketched and the story line was interesting if hardly original, but the entire meat of the novel(la) is contained in the last paragraph, which is a bit of a stomach punch. Knowing how it ends makes me want to consider rereading it just to see if the ending actually works and whether it's making a coherent point.

It certainly makes me reconsider my views
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Apr 10, 2011 Dick Edwards rated it liked it
The story I read was "Andrea," only one of several in this book. John O’Hara (JO) was one of the most popular novelists of the mid-20th century, and this very short novel is a good example of why. It is the story of Phil and Andrea, and their 20-year love affair, which went on sporadically, even though Andrea had two marriages and two divorces during this time. JO manages to give you a whole lot of insight into the two characters and their relationship, even while not writing an overly long opus ...more
Aug 11, 2007 Chris rated it really liked it
Four stars for "Andrea," which gave me the satisfying illusion of being in a slightly more hard-bitten but unusually tight Scott Fitzgerald story, until the title character pulled down her dress and asked to have her breasts kissed. ...At the age of sixteen.

I suppose the novella enjoyed being that crass (talk of statutory rape is also thrown around with more panache than regret), and edged the line of melodrama, but I would have read it in a sitting if I didn't start at about two in the morning
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Jul 07, 2011 Andrea Ross rated it liked it
What I actually read was a short novel called "Andrea" which was part of an anthology of short novels.
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Sixteen Short Novels

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John Henry O'Hara was an American writer born in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. He initially became known for his short stories and later became a best-selling novelist whose works include Appointment in Samarra and BUtterfield 8. He was particularly known for an uncannily accurate ear for dialogue. O'Hara was a keen observer of social status and class differences, and wrote frequently about the social ...more
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