Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Date: July 2014
Duration: 0 hours 29 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.
“Separating,” the fourteenth story in the collection, details the Maples’ decision to part ways, their pragmatism about the split concealing their underlying emotions as they struggle to relate the news to their four nearly-grown children.
“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