The Afterlife and Other Stories

The Afterlife and Other Stories

Book - 1994
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Baker & Taylor
An anthology of short fiction features twenty-two tales that explore the magical fragility, memory, nostalgia, and translucent quality of life beyond middle age

Blackwell North Amer
To Carter Billings, the hero of John Updike's title story, all of England has the glow of an afterlife: "A miraculous lacquer lay upon everything, beading each roadside twig, each reed of thatch in the cottage roofs, each tiny daisy trembling in the grass." All twenty-two of the stories in this collection - John Updike's eleventh, and his first in seven years - in various ways partake of this glow, as life beyond middle age is explored and found to have its own particular wonders, from omniscient golf caddies to prescient sexual rumors, from the deaths of mothers and brothers-in-law to the births of grandchildren. As death approaches, life takes on, for some of these aging heroes, a translucence, a magical fragility; vivid memory and casual misperception lend the mundane an antic texture, and the backward view, lengthening, acquires a certain grandeur. Travel, whether to England or Ireland, Italy or the isles of Greece, heightens perceptions and tensions. As is usual in Mr. Updike's fiction, spouses quarrel, lovers part, children are brave, and houses with their decor have the presence of personalities. His is a world where innocence stubbornly persists, and fresh beginnings almost outnumber losses.

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A new anthology of short fiction features twenty-two diverse tales that explore the magical fragility, memory, nostalgia, and translucent quality of life beyond middle age. 30,000 first printing. $35,000 ad/promo. BOMC Alt.

Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf, 1994
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780679435839
0679435832
9780449223918
0449223914
Branch Call Number: FIC Up 1994
Characteristics: 316 pages ; 21 cm

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