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  • Gertrude and Claudiusby John Updike

    Random House Publishing Group 2001; US$ 16.00

    Gertrude and Claudius are the ?villains? of Hamlet: he the killer of Hamlet?s father and usurper of the Danish throne, she his lusty consort, who marries Claudius before her late husband?s body is cold. But in this imaginative ?prequel? to the play, John Updike makes a case for the royal couple that Shakespeare only hinted at. Gertrude and Claudius... more...

  • Terroristby John Updike

    Random House Publishing Group 2007; US$ 16.00

    The terrorist of John Updike?s title is eighteen-year-old Ahmad Ashmawy Mulloy, the son of an Irish American mother and an Egyptian father who disappeared when he was three. Devoted to Allah and to the Qur?an as expounded by the imam of his neighborhood mosque, Ahmad feels his faith threatened by the materialistic, hedonistic society he sees around... more...

  • Licks of Loveby John Updike

    Random House Publishing Group 2007; US$ 16.00

    In this brilliant late-career collection, John Updike revisits many of the locales of his early fiction: the small-town Pennsylvania of Olinger Stories , the sandstone farmhouse of Of the Farm , the exurban New England of Couples and Marry Me , and Henry Bech?s Manhattan of artistic ambition and taunting glamour. To a dozen short stories spanning... more...

  • Seek My Faceby John Updike

    Random House Publishing Group 2007; US$ 16.00

    John Updike?s twentieth novel, like his first, The Poorhouse Fair, takes place in one day, a day that contains much conversation and some rain. The seventy-nine-year-old painter Hope Chafetz, who in the course of her eventful life has been Hope Ouderkirk, Hope McCoy, and Hope Holloway, answers questions put to her by a New York interviewer named... more...

  • The Widows of Eastwickby John Updike

    Random House Publishing Group 2008; US$ 16.00

    More than three decades after the events described in The Witches of Eastwick, Alexandra, Jane, and Sukie?widowed, aging, and with their occult powers fading?return for the summer to the Rhode Island town where they once made piquant scandal and sometimes deadly mischief. But what was then a center of license and liberation is now a ?haven of wholesomeness?... more...

  • My Father's Tearsby John Updike

    Random House Publishing Group 2009; US$ 16.00

    ?Drinking a toast to the visible world, his impending disappearance from it be damned.? That?s how John Updike describes one of his elderly protagonists in this, his final collection of short stories. He might have been writing about himself. In My Father?s Tears, the author revisits his signature characters, places, and themes?Americans in suburbs,... more...

  • More Matterby John Updike

    Random House Publishing Group 2009; US$ 25.00

    In this collection of nonfiction pieces, John Updike gathers his responses to nearly two hundred invitations into print, each ?an opportunity to make something beautiful, to find within oneself a treasure that would otherwise remain buried.? Introductions, reviews, and humorous essays, paragraphs on New York, religion, and lust?here is ?more matter?... more...

  • Bech at Bayby John Updike

    Random House Publishing Group 2008; US$ 16.00

    In this, the final volume in John Updike?s mock-heroic trilogy about the Jewish American writer Henry Bech, our hero is older but scarcely wiser. Now in his seventies, he remains competitive, lecherous, and self-absorbed, lost in a brave new literary world where his books are hyped by Swiss-owned conglomerates, showcased in chain stores attached to... more...

  • The Afterlifeby John Updike

    Random House Publishing Group 2009; US$ 16.00

    To the hero of the title story of this collection, all of England has the glow of an afterlife: ?A miraculous lacquer lay upon everything, beading each roadside twig . . . each reed of thatch, each tiny daisy trembling in the grass.? All of these stories, each in its own way, partake of this glow, as life beyond middle age is explored and found to... more...

  • In the Beauty of the Liliesby John Updike

    Random House Publishing Group 2009; US$ 16.00

    In the Beauty of the Lilies begins in 1910 and traces God?s relation to four generations of American seekers, beginning with Clarence Wilmot, a clergyman in Paterson, New Jersey. He loses his faith but finds solace at the movies, respite from ?the bleak facts of life, his life, gutted by God?s withdrawal.? His son, Teddy, becomes a mailman who retreats... more...