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 - bibleblaster - LibraryThing
Fiction in the grand old tragic style. People with dreams, self-aware and aware of the compromises they "must" make, real dialogue, straighforward narrative...I loved this book! You can see where ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - TerriBooks - LibraryThing
This was a depressing book about depressing people. Given that, I'm almost surprised I enjoyed it as much as I did. Yates wrote to question the accepted middle-class goals of the mid-20th century ... Read full review