Hayes's masterpiece is an exquisite depiction of a doomed love affair set
in noirish, 1950s New York. In a Manhattan bar, a middle-aged man tells a
pretty girl a story: of how he fell into a relationship with a lonely young
divorcee; of how one night she was offered a thousand dollars to sleep with
a stranger; and of how he and she would subsequently betray each other in
turn. In Alfred Hayes's exquisite novella, love - in all its bewildering
turns of longing, elation, heartbreak and regret - is dissected with
unforgettable honesty and heartbreaking clarity.

Alfred Hayes—In Love

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