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.
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The only book I have ever read by this author and it is full of the human spirit, though not always in a positive way, and human drama. Essentially an intense character study based in the mid-20th century which reveals the difficulties of interpersonal relationships, particularly early marriage. A good read but not a good deal of humor if you are so inclined...EAF
An amazing gift
The could've been, in a life of hopeless ambition, saturated in a helpless and trapped existence. This novel is a masterpiece and Yates depiction of suburban assimilation and the ordinary lends to the tragic embodiment of both characters. It's brilliance is in that this story is you, it's me, it's your neighbor, brother, and sister. A must read for those who want to relate, question, and cry themselves a pond full of broken never will be's. Truly a gift from Yates.