A New York Times Notable Book
Richard Yates was acclaimed as one of the most powerful, compassionate, and technically perfect writers of America's postwar generation, and his work has inspired such diverse talents as Richard Ford, Ann Beattie, Andre Dubus, Robert Stone, and Kurt Vonnegut. This collection contains the stories of Yates's classic works Eleven Kinds of Loneliness (a book the New York Times Book Review hailed as "the New York equivalent of Dubliners") and Liars in Love; it also features nine new stories, seven of which have never before been published.
Whether addressing the smothered desire of suburban housewives, the white-collar despair of Manhattan office workers, the grim humor that attends life on a tuberculosis ward, or the moments of terrified peace experienced by American soldiers in World War II, Yates examines every frayed corner of the American Dream. His stories, as empathetic as they are unforgiving, are like no others in our nation's literature. Published with a moving introduction by the novelist Richard Russo, this collection stands as its author's final masterpiece.