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.
The fifth story in this collection, “Marching
through Boston,” finds Richard and Joan Maple still holding on to the tattered
threads of their marriage. As Joan is caught up in the civil rights movement, an
unwell Richard joins her at a march in Boston. Download and start listening now!