Richard Yates published RR in 1961. The movie, released in 2008 was an Academy Award winner and was probably the catalyst for renewed interest in Yates and his books. The characters are very human, bruatally honest in their fears, aspirations and limitations. Writing so fine that the reader cringes and squirms.
April and Frank are in their 7th year of marriage in 1955. Frank is entrenched in a well paid but boring office job. April is a character like Ester Greenwood in The Bell Jar.....only older and married with kids- a frustrated housewife still mourning the demise of her acting career.
Their relationship deteriorates. Their dream of escaping the sprawl of the suburbs to live in France doesn't come to fruition. An endless cycle of squabbles and jealousies leads to betrayal and tragedy.
by Denise, sorry iphone photos are dull and colourless.....will bring better camera next time.X