April and Frank try to salvage their crumbling marriage by moving to Paris and starting over. This searing portrait of a marriage on a downward slide is incredibly well done, and it will stay with you long after you close the book. Haunting! Recommended By Dianah H., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
With a new introduction by Richard Ford.
From the moment of its publication in 1961, Revolutionary Road was hailed as a masterpiece of realistic fiction and as the most evocative portrayal of the opulent desolation of the American suburbs. It's 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.
"A deft, ironic, beautiful novel that deserves to be a classic." William Styron
"It is reminiscent of the popular film American Beauty in its depiction of white-collar life as fraught with discontent. Others have picked up on this theme since, but Yates remains a solid read." Library Journal
"Beautifully crafted...a remarkable and deeply troubling book." Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
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.