Author: Richard Yates
Areas Featured: Midtown

From the opening line, the reader knows The Easter Parade won't end well: "Neither of the Grimes sister would have a happy life," he writes. And still the reader journeys with Yates, following Sarah and Emily Grimes to see just how unhappy things can get. How unhappy? Oof. Ultimately, it's the character of Emily, who moves to Manhattan to work for a advertising firm, that reflects the New York in the novel. Move to the city, get a job that crushes you, sleep with people who aren't right for you, people who will hurt you—sound like anyone you know? The familiarity of the tale makes it all the more unbearable. —RS