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Apr 25, 2000
| ISBN 9780375708442
Jul 08, 2008
| ISBN 9780307456274
Nov 25, 2008
| 684 Minutes
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Apr 25, 2000 | ISBN 9780375708442
Jul 08, 2008 | ISBN 9780307456274
Nov 25, 2008 | ISBN 9780739359389
Hailed as a masterpiece of realistic fiction and as the most evocative portrayal of the opulent desolation of the American suburbs since it’s publication in 1961, Revolutionary Road is the story of Frank and April Wheeler, a bright, beautiful, and talented couple who have lived on the assumption that greatness is only just around the corner. 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.
In his introduction to this edition, novelist Richard Ford pays homage to the lasting influence and enduring power of Revolutionary Road.
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.
A native New Yorker, Richard Yates was born in 1926; his first novel, Revolutionary Road, was a finalist for the National Book Award (in the same year as The Moviegoer and Catch-22). Much admired by peers, he was known during his lifetime as the… More about Richard Yates
"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
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