Friday, May 11, 2012
Yates, Yet Again
Having really enjoyed The Easter Parade, I decided to read Yates' third book, published in 1969, called A Special Providence. The novel explores the relationship between Alice Prentice and her son, Robert Prentice. Alice is a somewhat delusional artist who often thinks that she is on the cusp of her one-woman art show which will finally bring financial stability, and Robert is a young soldier struggling to find his place and his sense of identity during WWII. Yates is a wonderful writer who is an expert with dialogue and exploring the intimate relationships between family members. While I will probably read everything Yates has written because I like his writing style, this was my least favorite work of his that I have read thus far. However, I have two more Yates novels sitting on my bookshelf that I look forward to reading soon.