Just re-read Witches and was excited to keep it going with Widows, but no. Updike's writing drags in a lot of places and honestly this book felt like an old man's fist-shaking "get those kids off my lawn" diatribe but filtered through familiar characters. The theme of getting older and losing your sense of the world is valid but the writing is so slow and whiny that it's hard to get into it.
Besides the slow pace, the extra babbling descriptors make the conversation so stilted that there have to be several disclaimers in each paragraph to remind you who's speaking. Which is extra annoying when the three women travel the world and there's endless pages of descriptions of places that honestly feel like the author had never been there. Everything was written like a travel brochure. Boring. And it's not just a few pages or a chapter, it's 2/3 of the book.
I can't recommend this book to anyone. Enjoy Witches and then put it away.