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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.
From the Back Cover
"The Great Gatsby of my time...one of the best books by a member of my generation." --Kurt Vonnegut
"Beautifully crafted...a remarkable and deeply troubling book." --Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
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.
Series: Vintage Contemporaries
Paperback: 355 pages
Publisher: Vintage; Reissue edition (November 25, 2008)
Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
Shipping Weight: 8 ounces