Wow. Richard Yates

031242081101_sclzzzzzzz__2Best writer I’ve encountered in a long time. A long, long time.  Picked up a remaindered copy of The Collected Stories of Richard Yates, and a new copy of his 1961 novel Revolutionary Road and found the rarest of combinations: a master stylist who is also a master story-teller and a master delineator of character. The trifecta! I can’t praise Richard Yates highly enough. This is mainstream fiction as gripping as any thriller, and heart-wrenching and profoundly emotional as any romance or fantasy.  I’m stunned.   

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