For Sale: John Cheever’s Magical Suburban Home


Alexander Nazaryan’s Newsweek essay about John Cheever’s home (for sale, in Ossining) is more than a real estate ad; it’s a beautiful homage to the suburbanite writer. Upon touring the house with Susan, Cheever’s daughter, Nazaryan writes:

 I kept asking the one question obviously worth asking—What was it like here?—and she kept wracking her mind and returned to a single word, “magical.” Once, she managed “enchanting,” then sighed at her inability to say much more.

Sarah Edwards lives in New York. You can find her virtually (at her blog, or twitter, @eddy_sarah) or at the pie shop she works at in Brooklyn, where she would definitely like to serve you a piece of pie. More from this author →