Revolutionary Road (Vintage Contemporaries) (Paperback)

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Reader be warned: the undertaking of Richard Yates's masterful first novel is not for the faint-hearted. Think GATSBY. Think Franzen's THE CORRECTIONS. Each laugh comes at a cost. Each hopeful moment is overshadowed by looming skepticism. So why read? Because it is a beautiful, haunting, underrated, classic work of American literature. You'll not soon (if ever) forget April Wheeler or Frank Wheeler as they work to define themselves and their marriage in light of the "American dream."

— Will

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“Set in the Connecticut suburbs of 1955, Revolutionary Road portrays the essential, continuing, now exacerbated American dilemma: How a young person might well live in America without conforming to the tedium of upward mobility and suburban family life. Nothing I have ever been told could have prepared me for this book's brilliance.”
— Richard Howorth, Square Books, Oxford, MS


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.

About the Author

RICHARD YATES was born in 1926 in New York and lived in California. His prize-winning stories began to appear in 1953 and his first novel, Revolutionary Road, was nominated for the National Book Award in 1961. He is the author of eight other works, including the novels A Good School, The Easter Parade, and Disturbing the Peace, and two collections of short stories, Eleven Kinds of Loneliness and Liars in Love. He died in 1992.

Praise For…

"The Great Gatsby of my 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
Product Details
ISBN: 9780375708442
ISBN-10: 0375708448
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: April 25th, 2000
Pages: 368
Language: English
Series: Vintage Contemporaries