In a startling change of direction, cult favourite Tao Lin presents a dark and brooding tale of illicit love that is his most sophisticated and mesmerising yet. Named after the real-life writer Richard Yates, but, having nothing to do with him, Lin tracks the illicit affair between a very young writer and his underage lover. As the writer seeks to balance work and love, his young lover becomes ever more self-destructive in a play for his undivided attention. Lin's trademark minimalism takes on a new sharp-edged suspense here, zeroing in on a lacerating narrative.
"[G]enuinely funny...accurate, often filthy dispatches on what it is to be young and pushing against the world."
--Charles Bock, "The New York Times"
"Lin captures certain qualities of contemporary life better than many writers in part because he dispenses with so much that is expected of current fiction."
--David Haglund, "The London Review of Books"
""Richard Yates" is neither pretentious nor sneering nor reflexively hip. It is simply a focused, moving, and rather upsetting portrait of two oddballs in love."
--Danielle Dreillinger, "The Boston Globe "
"[A] batty and precisely penned novel....[Tao Lin] has, in methodically stacked increments, become a legitimate writing presence."
--Carrie Battan, "The Boston Phoenix
"[Lin's] lean and often maniacal sentences propel the work forward with a slanted momentum. What first seems like a stock tale of romance gone sour evolves into a parable about the fickleness of human desire and the futility of