In Young Hearts Crying, Yates movingly portrays a man and a woman from their courtship and marriage in the 1950s to their divorce in the 70s, chronicling their heartbreaking attempts to reach their highest ambitions.
Michael Davenport dreams of being a poet after returning home from World War II Europe, and at first, he and his new wife, Lucy, enjoy their life together. But as the decades pass and the success of others creates an oppressive fear of failure in both Michael and Lucy, their once bright future gives way to a life of adultery and isolation.
With empathy and grace, Yates creates a poignant novel of the desires and disasters of a tragic, hopeful couple.
As an added bonus, when you purchase our Audible Modern Vanguard production of Richard Yates' book, you'll also receive an exclusive Jim Atlas interview. This interview – where James Atlas interviews Blake Bailey about the life and work of Richard Yates – begins as soon as the audiobook ends.
"To me and to many other writers of my generation, the work of Richard Yates came as a liberating force.... He was one of the most important writers of the second half of the century." (Robert Stone)
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