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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User Review  - giovannigf - LibraryThing

A semi-autobiographical story, Disturbing the Peace begins with John Wilder experiencing a mental breakdown from excessive drinking and lack of sleep. He threatens his wife and child and ends up being ... Read full review

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User Review  - drugfiend - LibraryThing

This is a very good book, though you could call it rather bleak. Or you could say that Yates simply sees things so clearly that it becomes painful. The describtion of Wilders incarceration in a mental hospital is harrowing indeed! Read full review

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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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