By Richard Yates
In The Easter Parade, first released in 1976, we meet sisters Sarah and Emily Grimes after they are nonetheless the kids of divorced mom and dad. We become aware of the sisters over 4 many years, observing them develop into very varied ladies. Sarah is solid and stalwart, settling into an unsatisfied marriage. Emily is precocious and autonomous, being affected by one unsatisfactory love affair after one other. Richard Yates's vintage novel is set how either ladies fight to beat their tarnished family's earlier, and the way either eventually achieve for a few semblance of renewal.
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