Disturbing the Peace

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Random House, Dec 23, 2010 - Fiction - 272 pages
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John Wilder is in his mid-thirties, a successful salesman with a place in the country, an adoring wife and a ten-year-old son.But something is wrong. His family no longer interests him, his infidelities are leading him nowhere and he has begun to drink too much. Then one night, something inside John snaps and he calls his wife to tell her that he isn't coming home...

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Yates's writing is once again perfection, to me. - Goodreads
The prose is sparse and economical. - Goodreads
Richard Yates does not write pretty prose. - Goodreads
The prose AND the subject matter (for the most part). - Goodreads

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User Review  - Steph - Goodreads

Yates's writing is once again perfection, to me. As usual the subject matter is heavy, but utterly human. I feel most at home reading his words and sometimes I can't tell if it's because of what he ... Read full review

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User Review  - aidan wm - Goodreads

yates waits (heh) gatsby-style for a punch to the gut in the third act, but here he forces you to pay attention for the full effect. also, certain key parts of this novel are allegedly autobiographical? Read full review

About the author (2010)

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.

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