John Cheever's collected stories

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"John Cheever's collected stories. You can jump in and out and still feel invested in a world gone by, chew the stories like gum, savor each line and know that you've got a whole lot more to go. What's not to like? Except that I'm rarely in the position of having only a few moments of uninterrupted peace—at least since the children have grown up. But even when they were little, I'd just step right over them, book in hand, and go crank the stereo."
T.C. Boyle, author of San Miguel