Disturbing the Peace

Disturbing the Peace

By Richard Yates; R Yates

Delacorte Press, Paperback, 9780385293327, 292pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 1984

"Hailed as America's finest realistic novelist by the "Boston Globe, "Richard Yates, author of "Revolutionary Road, " garnered rare critical acclaim for his bracing, unsentimental portraits of middle-class American life."" "Disturbing the Peace" is no exception. Haunting, troubling, and mesmerizing, it shines a brilliant, unwavering light into the darkest recesses of a man's psyche.
To all appearances, John Wilder has all the trappings of success, circa 1960: a promising career in advertising, a loving family, a beautiful apartment, even a country home. John's evenings are spent with associates at quiet Manhattan lounges and his weekends with friends at glittering cocktail parties. But something deep within this seemingly perfect life has long since gone wrong. Something has disturbed John's fragile peace, and he can no longer find solace in fleeting affairs or alcohol. The anger, the drinking, and the recklessness are building to a crescendo and they re about to take down John's career and his family. What happens next will send John on a long, strange journey at once tragic and inevitable.

About the Author
Richard Yates is the author of the novels" Revolutionary Road, A Special Providence, Disturbing the Peace, The Easter Parade, A Good School, Young Hearts Crying, "and "Cold Spring Harbor" and the story collection "Eleven Kinds of Loneliness," He died in 1992.

Praise For Disturbing the Peace

“One of the handful of American novelists…who can be said to have a ‘vision of life.’ ” —New York Times Book Review

“Richard Yates is among the very truest of American writers. Each of his novels and each story unfalteringly traces our destinies and rescues us from the lost. He sees eye-to-eye with every one of us.” —Gina Berriault

“Yates’ strongest novel since Revolutionary Road.” —Kirkus Reviews