The Maples Stories consists of eighteen classicstories from across John Updike’s career, forming a luminous chronicle of thelife and times of one marriage in all its rich emotional complexity. In 1956,Updike published the story “Snowing in Greenwich Village,” about a youngcouple, Joan and Richard Maple, at the beginning of their marriage. Over thenext two decades, he returned to these characters again and again, tracingtheir years together raising children, finding moments of intermittenthappiness, and facing the heartbreak of infidelity and estrangement.
In this sixth story from The Maples Stories, Richard and Joan attend a party, after which anintoxicated Richard gets behind the wheel. With his wife in the backseat andEleanor, a woman to whom Richard is undeniably attracted, in the passengerseat, he sets off into the snowy night.