A moving, ironic and often heart breaking exploration of post-war America by the author of Revolutionary Road
Robert Prentice is eighteen, and his boyhood dreams have disintegrated on the battlefields of Europe. At home, his mother, Alice, wraps herself in fantasy against the relentless disappointments of life.
From his compelling portraits of these two damaged souls, Richard Yates creates a brilliant novel of post-war America, at odds with its own identity, striving to combine prosperity and ideals, mercilessly exposed in the attempt to do so. At once tender and ironic, bitterly sad and achingly funny, A Special Providence is the second novel by the author of Revolutionary Road.
“So quotidian, so possible, so plausible, that it is more terrifying to read...than to read of the disasters and massacres of kings”
“Every good writer I know acknowledges Yates as a master”
“Yates's trademark blackness does not seem out of place or excessive... the skilful sketches of Prentice's colleagues bring an element of humanity to a sordid and inhumane topic”
Leyla Sanai, www.rocksbackpagesblogs.com
“A beautiful book”