Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Date: July 2014
Duration: 0 hours 18 minutes
The Maples Stories consists of eighteen classic stories from across John Updike’s career, forming a luminous chronicle of the life and times of one marriage in all its rich emotional complexity. In 1956, Updike published the story “Snowing in Greenwich Village,” about a young couple, Joan and Richard Maple, at the beginning of their marriage. Over the next two decades, he returned to these characters again and again, tracing their years together raising children, finding moments of intermittent happiness, and facing the heartbreak of infidelity and estrangement.
In the thirteenth story, “Nakedness,” Joan and Richard encounter two errant young nudists at the beach, an experience that exhumes memories of nudity and awakens their sense of their current physicality.
“The stories are full of striking passages…and Updike’s rich prose, his rhythmic, acute, fertile and, at times, even somewhat glutting use of language.”—The Guardian on The Maples Stories