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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (603 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Updike Narrator: Luke Daniels Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This was the late John Updike's first collection of new short fiction since the year 2000. My Father's Tears finds the author in a valedictory mood, as he mingles narratives of his native Pennsylvania with stories of New England suburbia and of foreign travel. American experience from the Depression to the aftermath of 9/11 finds reflection in these glittering pieces of observation, remembrance, and imagination. Download and start listening now!


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by David Rollins | 2/14/2014

    " Lovely vintage Updike. Tales of longing, divorce, travel, and manhood. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alan | 2/10/2014

    " I love Updike, so it was sad reading his last book of short stories. These seem so personal that they must be at least half autobiographical. Many take places in Pennsylvania, where he was born, and featured characters in the last part of their lives. Updike stories always show off his great vocabulary, concise and vivid descriptions, and lusty characters. He was interested in sex and illicit relationships all of his life and these stories are no exception. I think his main point was that people reveal deep emotional secrets and a picture of authentic selves when they step out of normal life and enter an affair. No doubt that Updike, like most guys, thought about sex all the time but what made him different was his masterful ability to write about it. In his early books Updike seemed to treat sex as an erotic amusement park but in these last stories sex seems to be more plain, natural, and an important part of being human. In this collection is my favorite of all of Updike's stories, which is A Walk with Elizanne, the best high school reunion story ever written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Erik Simon | 2/7/2014

    " I sometimes think Updike's earliest stories can be long and meandering, but this is a collection of taut gems by a master craftsman. I suspect he wrote most of them while he knew he wasn't much longer for this world, but you needn't be dying to appreciate them. They capture perfectly the exquisite poignance of regrets, mistakes, and missed chances. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bayneeta | 1/19/2014

    " Short stories about men and their relationships--to their parents, to their children, to their wives and lovers--across time from Depression era childhoods to reunions with classmates in their seventies. Updike's a national treasure, and this is his final work. Makes me want to reread the Rabbit trilogy, and John Cheever's short stories too. "

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