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  • Published: 1 April 2008
  • ISBN: 9780099518532
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $19.99
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Cold Spring Harbor


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A brilliantly written exploration of youth and self-delusion by the author of Revolutionary Road

All the sorrows of Evan Shepard's loutish adolescence were redeemed at seventeen, in 1935, when he fell in love with automobiles...

In the small suburban town of Cold Spring Harbor, Evan Shephard and his young bride Rachel yearn to escape the mistakes of their parents. But as they discover, families exert a hold as tight as fate, and every way out only ends up back home.

  • Pub date: 1 April 2008
  • ISBN: 9780099518532
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Richard Yates

Richard Yates was born in 1926 in New York and lived in California. His prize-winning stories began to appear in 1953 and his first novel, Revolutionary Road, was nominated for the National Book Award in 1961. He is the author of eight other works, including the novels A Good School, The Easter Parade, and Disturbing the Peace, and two collections of short stories, Eleven Kinds of Loneliness and Liars in Love. He died in 1992.

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Praise for Cold Spring Harbor

“So consistently well-written, just, unsentimental and sympathetic”

Washington Post

“Read and weep”

Kate Atkinson

“Yates's prose is as elegant and minimalist as ever... He simply tells the story - in easily comprehensible but perfectly pitched language”

Leyla Sanai, www.rocksbackpagesblogs.com

“Yates writes with a sympathy so clear-hearted that it often feels like nostalgia for his own youth, and yet he is also thoroughly uncompromising in revealing their capacity for self-delusion, their bewilderment in the face of failure”

New York Times


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