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.
This third story in the collection finds Richard and Joan Maple
in their ninth year of marriage. A brilliant metaphor full of irony and eloquent
prose, “Giving Blood” reveals to listeners a hint of the tension and verbal
lacerations that are slowly but surely causing the destruction of a marriage. Download and start listening now!