This collection of Richard Yates's acclaimed short stories is available for the first time in paperback.
With his second collection of short stories, Richard Yates continues to extend his range as a writer of stunning power and eloquence.
Liars in Love is concerned with troubled relations and the elusive nature of truth:
Hope, dread, disorder, and a nervous entangling of separate lives in Greenwich Village during the Depression, as seen by a child, in 'Oh, Joseph, I’m So Tired'. The volatile, perilous course of events set in motion when two divorced mothers agree to “pool their resources” and live together, with their children in 'Trying Out for the Race'. A young American soldier’s too-abrupt postwar reunion, on foreign soil, with the lovely, dismayingly grown-up sister he hasn’t seen since he was eleven and she was ten, in 'A Compassionate Leave'.
The seven stories in this collection showcase Yates's extraordinary gift for observation and description. The last and longest of them, a rich, lucid, and compelling piece called 'Saying Goodbye to Sally', achieves a fitting conclusion for the book – and a resonant final statement of its theme.
“Richard Yates is a writer of commanding gifts: an astonishing skill and robust intelligence. His prose is urbane yet sensitive, with passion and irony held deftly in balance.”
“Richard Yates stands today as America's finest realistic novelist”
The Boston Globe
“Yates is a realist par excellence. Read and weep”
“The most perceptive author of the twentieth century...A magnificent writer”
“One of the greatest American novelists of the twentieth century”
“Every good writer I know acknowledges Yates as a master”