Primarily, this is a novel about the lies we tell each other, and the lies we tell ourselves. Frank and April believe that they are in love. They marry, have two children, move to the suburbs. Almost immediately, their relationship begins to unravel from the insipid pressure of 1950's domestic life. In a last-ditch effort to save their relationship, April hatches a plan to move abroad. It's easy to get invested in April's fantasy for their future, just as it's easy to empathize with Frank's reluctance to confront his reality head-on. Revolutionary Road isn't an easy read, or even a quick one. Yates extracts the very most from every scene, and perfectly captures the tedium of everyday life. But this is a stand-alone monument to the anguish of people who suffer because they are hopelessly ill-equipped to effect any meaningful change. Painful, haunting and emotionally-evocative, Revolutionary Road is a classic that has more than earned its reputation.
The devastating effects of work, adultery, rebellion, and self-deception slowly destroy the once successful marriage of Frank and April Wheeler, a suburban American couple.