Richard Yates by Tao Lin

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Lin is the ultimate hipster, and you’ll hate and love him for it. His work is so minimalist and so literal, it can make for uncomfortable reading. You want to stop reading it, but you also want to like it, you want to be part of the club that understands it.
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In a startling change of direction, cult favorite Tao Lin presents a dark and brooding tale of illicit love that is his most sophisticated and mesmerizing writing yet.

Richard Yates is named after real-life writer Richard Yates, but it has nothing to do with him. Instead, it tracks the rise and fall of an illicit affair between a very young writer and his even younger--in fact, under-aged--lover. As he seeks to balance work and love, she becomes more and more self-destructive in a play for his undivided attention. His guilt and anger builds in response until they find themselves hurtling out of control and afraid to let go.

Lin's trademark minimalism takes on a new, sharp-edged suspense here, zeroing in on a lacerating narrative like never before--until it is almost, in fact, too late.
 

About Tao Lin

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Tao Lin is the author of the novels Richard Yates and Eeeee Eee Eeee, the novella Shoplifting from American Apparel, the story collection Bed, and the poetry collections cognitive-behavioral therapy and you are a little bit happier than i am. His work has been translated to twelve languages and he lives in Manhattan.
 
Published September 7, 2010 by Melville House. 209 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Lyndsie Bourgon on Oct 23 2010

Lin is the ultimate hipster, and you’ll hate and love him for it. His work is so minimalist and so literal, it can make for uncomfortable reading. You want to stop reading it, but you also want to like it, you want to be part of the club that understands it.

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