Richard Yates is a writer, whose writing always (at least in the four books of his I have read so far) has a special kind of magic. He doesn't need any fancy plot, he doesn't need exotic places and he doesn't need any kind of experimental writing to grip his readers. He is a magician in pacing his developments, and "Cold Spring Harbor" is another perfect example of his wonderful art. A story, which, had it been told by any lesser writer, would have most likely made us yawn all the way. "Cold Spring Harbor" is a book all around love and the mistakes of youth. Richard Yates develops the story of Evan Shepard, his parents, Mary, Rachel, Phil and Gloria in a seemingly very simple way, swiftly changing between telling us the story, or developing scenes just by dialogue, increasing the density of his prose all the way, and without even noticing how completely we are captivated by the story, we're all of a sudden somewhere in the middle of the book, not wanting to put it away, even if it's way past midnight and you have to get up early in the morning. "Cold Spring Harbor" (which is set in the years of 2nd World War before and after Pearl Harbor, but in it's thoughts, in saying what it is saying, absolutely timeless) is a moving story (with an, although maybe not really unforeseeable, yet stunning ending), it touches, it's sad, and with the breathtaking elegance of Richard Yates' writing, a wonderful reading experience.