The Easter Parade – Richard Yates
The first thing you read upon opening this book are the blurbs, the first three of which are provided by Julian Barnes, Kurt Vonnegut and Joan Didion. Exalted company, indeed.
The next is the magnificent opening sentence: “Neither of the Grimes sisters would have a happy life, and looking back it always seemed that the trouble began with their parents’ divorce.”
It’s a heck of a start, and thanks to Yates’ insight and artistry, the level is maintained throughout. Be warned, though; this is a gutwrenchingly sad tale.