, October 25, 2013
(view all comments by Dawn O)
This is a realistic, bracing novel by one of our most under-rated authors. Richard Yates tells us at the start that the two sisters he's writing about won't have happy lives. Exactly how their lives unfold is starkly and convincingly conveyed, and spans about four decades - including the "Mad Men" era, and the advertising industry. I finished this book wishing I could meet Yates, who doesn't tip his hand regarding his viewpoint; it's all so simply objective, and I still haven't decided how I feel about that. But it's a brilliantly drawn portrayal of two lives - female lives. Yates writes women so well; these characters will stay with me for a long time.