Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1961.
Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1961. First edition. A Fine copy of the book, clean and appearing unread. In a Near Fine dust jacket that is a bit faded on the spine and with one tape repair to the verso of the jacket.
Despite their youthful fantasies that they are different and more original than the other couples who surround them, Frank and April Wheeler succumb to the banalities of suburban middle class life. Climbing the corporate ladder, Frank becomes increasingly detached from his wife's domestic dissatisfaction; pay raises, praise at work, and tawdry affairs with secretaries numb his pain temporarily. Meanwhile, April despairs about being trapped at home as a wife and mother; she dreams of her more creative single life and her goals of living abroad. Pushed to the brink, she and Frank make a pact to abandon the normalcy expected of their generation and run away to Paris; but an unplanned pregnancy derails them and leads their marriage to a heartbreaking end. An astounding fictional debut by Richard Yates, and a finalist for the 1962 National Book Award. Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. (Item #5588)