Sunday, February 2, 2014

The Last Time I Read Richard

With Young Hearts Crying, I have now read all of Yates' books, which include novels and short stories.  They are all stellar and sharp, and I highly recommend Yates despite how depressing his work is.  Young Hearts Crying tells the story of a failed marriage between a young couple, Michael and Lucy, who struggle to find meaningful connections to each other, their friends, and their artistic passions.   My favorite Yates work is The Easter Parade, mainly because it shows off Yates' wit and humor which can often get lost in his other novels.  Yates perfectly captured a particular American epoch, and I see him as very important to our literary canon. 

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