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Published 1974
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Katherine Williams (
Before I even started reading this story the name John Updike felt familiar to me for some reason. Oh, yeah, he wrote A&P: Lust in the Aisles, a short story that I seriously dislike and have had to read almost every single year in school. So I wasn't too keen on reading this one. I liked it better than A&P but it still fell flat for me.... There were some great components about the dysfunctional family but by the end I wasn't feeling all the much.
Apr 10, 2015 Athena rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Joan and Richard have some bad news to tell their four children. The author makes it seem as though Richard was the reason for the decision. His wife Joan suggests that they break the news to each child separately instead of making an announcement at dinner. Richard disagrees but admits she may have a point. He finds this more difficult than he thought.
As he speaks to his children he gets accustomed to the family he had taken for granted and realizes that when his son Dickie asks, "Why?" he has
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Feb 09, 2016 Barbora Šedivá rated it it was amazing
First story in a long time that actually made me cry. If you are looking for the definition of a failed marriage and broken family then you have one right here. The life in a small town America might not be that idyllic after all.
Zoe Tribley
Aug 05, 2015 Zoe Tribley rated it really liked it
Another critical story of american literature. Focuses on the changing values and morals in American society
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Nov 04, 2013 Lnaz Izd rated it liked it
" Why. It was a whistle of wind in a crack, a knife thrust, a window thrown open on emptiness. The waiting white face was gone, the darkness was featureless. Richard had forgotten why."
Written with care. The characters are alive and beautifully crafted. Strange, maybe incomplete, but it was a fun for my first-John Updike.
Oct 28, 2014 Connie rated it really liked it
Semi-autobiographical story about a husband and wife telling their chilren that their marriage is over.
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John Hoyer Updike was an American writer. Updike's most famous work is his Rabbit series (Rabbit, Run; Rabbit Redux; Rabbit Is Rich; Rabbit At Rest; and Rabbit Remembered). Rabbit is Rich and Rabbit at Rest both won Pulitzer Prizes for Updike. Describing his subject as "the American small town, Protestant middle class," Updike is well known for his careful craftsmanship and prolific writing, ...more
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