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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - PilgrimJess - LibraryThing
“Dying for love might be pitiable, but it wasn't much different, finally, from any other kind of dying.” This is the first book by Yates that I've read and I must admit that it got me wanting to read ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - grheault - LibraryThing
Very good writing, period piece, 1940's, suburban Long Island -- if you care. Lots of stupid white people with no birth control being neurotic, chaotic, pretentious, unclear, gay, depressed. Why would ... Read full review