Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
Happiness isn’t a peak, it’s two hills surrounding a valley. On one side, happiness is achievement. On the other side, happiness is conformity. The valley running through the middle is the horrible gap between aspiration and capacity.
In the hopeful 1950s, Frank and April Wheeler appear to be a model couple: bright, beautiful, talented, with two young children and a starter home in the suburbs. Perhaps they married too young and started a family too early. Maybe Frank’s job is dull. And April never saw herself as a housewife. Yet they have always lived on the assumption that greatness is only just around the corner. But now that certainty is about to crumble.