Young, newly married and intensely ambitious, Michael Davenport is trying to make a living as a writer.
His adoring wife, Lucy, has a private fortune that he won't touch in case it compromises his art.
She in turn is never quite certain of what is expected of her.
All she knows is that everyone else seems, somehow, happier.
In this magnificent novel, at once bitterly sad and achingly funny, Richard Yates again shows himself to be the supreme chronicler of the American Dream and its casualties.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 432 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 07/02/2008
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099518648
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Review by dayends
After first reading 'The Easter Parade' then 'Revolutionary Road', 'A Special Providence' and 'The Collected stories of Richard Yates' in quick succesion I was left a little disappointed with 'Young Hearts Crying' as it seemed to have too many characters to properly keep abreast of who was who and having overdosed massively on Yates prior to reading it I don't think my mind was as fresh and as willing to accept enjoy this as it should of been. Note to readers: Don't try and read all of Richard Yates at once, give yourself a break!!
Review by flydodofly
Interesting times, and characters involved in issues which are specific to the times and the positions they either want for themselves or find themselves in. People meet, communicate, have relationships and drift appart, over and over again. A sentence from the end of the book sums it all up, really - "Essentially, we are all alone."