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"Hailed as "America's finest realistic novelist" by the "Boston Globe, "Richard Yates, author of "Revolutionary Road, " garnered rare critical acclaim for his bracing, unsentimental portraits of middle-class American life."""Disturbing the Peace" is no exception. Haunting, troubling, and mesmerizing, it shines a brilliant, unwavering light into the darkest recesses of a man's psyche.
To all appearances, John Wilder has all the trappings of success, circa 1960: a promising career in advertising, a loving family, a beautiful apartment, even a country home. John's evenings are spent with associates at quiet Manhattan lounges and his weekends with friends at glittering cocktail parties. But something deep within this seemingly perfect life has long since gone wrong. Something has disturbed John's fragile peace, and he can no longer find solace in fleeting affairs or alcohol. The anger, the drinking, and the recklessness are building to a crescendo--and they're about to take down John's career and his family. What happens next will send John on a long, strange journey--at once tragic and inevitable.
“One of the handful of American novelists…who can be said to have a ‘vision of life.’ ” —New York Times Book Review
“Richard Yates is among the very truest of American writers. Each of his novels and each story unfalteringly traces our destinies and rescues us from the lost. He sees eye-to-eye with every one of us.” —Gina Berriault
“Yates’ strongest novel since Revolutionary Road.” —Kirkus Reviews