The Widows of Eastwick
- 129.54 x 152.4 x 30.48mm | 226.8g
- 28 Oct 2008
- Random House Audio Publishing Group
- United States
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-Sam Tanenhaus, "The New York Times Book Review"
"If wit is a form of witchcraft, igniting sparks from airy nothingness, concocting a peppery brew of words, then John Updike's powers are undiminished . . . In wickedly glinting sentences, Updike explores the distinctly unmagical humiliations of advancing age, and the prickly temptations of sin."
-"O, the Oprah Magazine
""The Widows of Eastwick" might just be his best novel since 1990's Pulitzer Prize-winning "Rabbit at Rest,""
-John Mark Eberhart, "Kansas City Star
"There's no one quite like John Updike for a trip to New England. History, theology, period-detailed houses and frequent sex whiz by in a blur of inimitable writing . . . Thank whatever deity you happen to worship . . . because Updike has now written "The Widows of Eastwick," a frolicsome new book about the trio [of witches of Eastwick]. As with New England autumns, we witness a maturing of these women's natures-a last, hot-red, end-of-season change as rendered by this literary sorcerer."
-Celia McGee," Town & Country
""Vibrantcharacters, careful detailing, and a sense of anticipation of impending dire events leave this an absorbing read, enjoyable to its fullest even by readers unfamiliar with its predecessor."
""[I]ts seamless blending of dexterously plotted narrative with penetrating characterizations . . . evoke with nearly Tolstoyan poignancy the weary, resigned clairvoyance of old age . . ."
"Updike hasn't only written a stunner. This serious literary novelist has also used romance fiction to supply important insights into what narrative art of any kind consists of: tons of hard work and a devotion to detail. The luminosity of "Widows" confirms the wisdom of his advice."
-Peter Wolfe," St. Louis Post-Dispatch
""The Widows of Eastwick "is by turns funny, philosophical, suspenseful, and sad. At 76, Updike remains America's greatest writer, invoking his distinctive brand of magical realism in an elegantly written, occasionally crabby, often moving meditation on original sin, aging, and atonement . . . Updike provides in "Widows" a penetrating and poignant portrait of the domestic lives of women, married and single, so many of whom feel disempowered or warped."
-Glenn Altschuler," Jerusalem Post" "From the Hardcover edition."
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