I never have the time or desire to read a new novel. In fact, I think every piece of fiction I have read has been because it was assigned to me in school or required for my work. Given the ton of awful film/television scripts I read for work, I think I'm allowed to neglect that aisle of the bookstore.
So, it is with surprise and wonder that I've come across a novel that I am looking forward to reading just for shits and giggles. REVOLUTIONARY ROAD by Robert Yates is the inspiration for the upcoming film set to reunite Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. As if that weren't enough Sam Medes (American Beauty, Jarhead)is directing and Scott Rudin is producing. Can we say OSCAR?!?
Anyway, I have the script which I will read, but the point of this post is that I actually want to read the book despite having read the script. This is a first for me.
Variety describes the story thusly:
Yates' heart-rending and bleak tome, celebrated for its storytelling style, follows a seemingly happy suburban couple with two children in the mid-1950s who find themselves caught between their true desires and the pressure to conform -- with explosive consequences.
Not a bad description. That sounds interesting. But the breakdown description is what really got me:
Its the story of Frank and April Wheeler, a bright, beautiful, and talented couple who have lived an the assumption that greatness is only just around the corner. With heartbreaking compassion and remorseless clarity, the story shows how Frank and April mortage their spiritual birthright, betraying not only each other other, but theirbest selves.
Deal me in. That sounds amazing.