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.
In the fifteenth installment,“Gesturing,” Richard finally leaves the Maples’ suburban town after their summerseparation, taking an apartment in nearby Boston. Though both he and Joan continueto see their lovers, they can’t escape the bond they forged over years ofmarriage and raising children.
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