This is Richard Yates novel #4 for me. While Revolutionary Road, A Special Providence and Cold Spring Harbour were magnificent reads that really made me depressed, Young Hearts Crying definitely takes a more comedic turn.
Once again, we follow the lives of a young couple, Michael and Lucy Davenport. Michael is a writer and Lucy is rich. Michael doesn’t want her money to affect his struggle to become a ‘real’ writer, so he point-blank refuses to have anything to do with her wealth.
While the things that happen to them aren’t exactly funny, there’s something distinctly more lighthearted about Young Hearts Crying. The sense of tragedy that settled on the other Yates novels I’ve read definitely isn’t present here. In the end, you do feel for Michael and Lucy, but at least the feelings are relatively optimistic.