Revolutionary Road (Movie Tie-in Edition)
By Richard Yates
(Vintage, Mass Market Paperback, 9780307454782, 480pp.)
Publication Date: December 30, 2008
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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In the hopeful 1950s, Frank and April Wheeler appear to be a model couple: bright, beautiful, talented, with two young children and a starter home in the suburbs. Perhaps they married too young and started a family too early. Maybe Frank's job is dull. And April never saw herself as a housewife. Yet they have always lived on the assumption that greatness is only just around the corner. But now that certainty is about to crumble.
With heartbreaking compassion and remorseless clarity, Richard Yates shows how Frank and April mortgage their spiritual birthright, betraying not only each other, but their best selves.
Richard Yates was born in 1926. The author of several acclaimed works of fiction, including Revolutionary Road, Eleven Kinds of Loneliness, Disturbing the Peace, and The Easter Parade, he was lauded during his lifetime as the foremost novelist of the post-war "age of anxiety". He died in 1992.
“Primary and forceful. . . . Revolutionary Road looks straight at us . . . and invites us to pay attention, have a care, take heed, and live life as if it mattered what we do.”
“A powerful treatment of a characteristically American theme…. A moving and absorbing story.”
—The Atlantic Monthly
“The great Gatsby of my time.”
“Yates allows his characters to reveal themselves-- which they do with an intensity that excites the reader's compassion [and] interest.”
—The New York Times