Revolutionary Road

by Richard Yates

In Brief

Frank and April Wheeler see themselves as special, living their lives according to higher ideals than their neighbors. However, when they move to Revolutionary Road, they find themselves falling into routine suburban life and becoming, as they feared, exactly like everyone else. To escape the suburban trap, they make a decision which is to have tragic consequences.

Why you should read it

Revolutionary Road explores the social cost of chasing the American dream. It is an essential portrait of 1950s suburban America and the disdain of those who were part of it. With highly realistic dialogue and narrative, this well-written and moving novel thoroughly deserves its status as a modern classic.

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