The Maples Stories consistsof eighteen classic stories from across John Updike’s career, forming aluminous chronicle of the life and times of one marriage in all its richemotional complexity. In 1956, Updike published the story “Snowing in GreenwichVillage,” about a young couple, Joan and Richard Maple, at the beginning oftheir marriage. Over the next two decades, he returned to these charactersagain and again, tracing their years together raising children, finding momentsof intermittent happiness, and facing the heartbreak of infidelity andestrangement.
“Separating,” the fourteenthstory in the collection, details the Maples’ decision to part ways, theirpragmatism about the split concealing their underlying emotions as theystruggle to relate the news to their four nearly-grown children.
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