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NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST • Frank and April Wheeler are a bright, beautiful, talented couple in the 1950s whose perfect suburban life is about to crumble in this "moving and absorbing story” (The Atlantic Monthly) from one of the most acclaimed writers of the twentieth century."The Great Gatsby of my time...one of the best books by a member of my generation." —Kurt Vonnegut, acclaimed author of Slaughterhouse-FivePerhaps Frank and April Wheeler 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 unravel. 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.
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
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"I'm kind of cheating here because I haven't read the book, only seen the movie. I wrote a FB note about it at the time, so I'll just copy/paste it here:<br/><br/>Just watched "Revolutionary Road", a glaring depiction of a relationship trainwrecked by the (ultimately) differing social desires of a married couple living in 1950's Connecticut. A painfully dark film that had me riveted to the screen.<br/><br/>This film, and those similar to it, are more realistic and truthful than all those "chick-flick" fantastical romance movies out there (and how I've come to hate them!!). Seriously, how many of us have dutifully stayed in the box that society and well-meaning people have thrust upon us, AND if we have, are we able to confront the damage it does without it doing us in??<br/><br/>But, dare we step outside the box at all?? Because the couple in this film did (or tried to do) exactly that, only to see their plans for a hopeful future unravel and disintegrate before their very eyes. The limitations that we think hold us back, may ultimately be the very thing that could have freed us from a far more horrific outcome.<br/><br/>The question becomes, do we live the way we're supposed to (adequate job, cubicles, quaint house, white picket fence, 2.3 children, a family car), or do we.......live the "American" dream of a carefree life and a passion for what WE choose to do (not what society chooses for us)?<br/><br/>Which is more dangerous?? And....are the choices really all that different from each other? "The more things change, the more things stay the same"...<br/><br/>Amazing thought-provoking film."