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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (431 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Updike Narrator: Kathryn Walker Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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John Updike’s twentieth novel, like his first, The Poorhouse Fair (1959), takes place in one day, a day that contains much conversation and some rain. The seventy-eight-year-old painter Hope Chafetz, who in the course of her eventful life has been Hope Ouderkirk, Hope McCoy, and Hope Holloway, answers questions put to her by a New York interviewer named Kathryn, and recapitulates, through the story of her own career, the triumphant, poignant saga of postwar American art. In the evolving relation between the two women, the interviewer and interviewee move in and out of the roles of daughter and mother, therapist and patient, predator and prey, supplicant and idol. The scene is central Vermont; the time is the early spring of 2001. Download and start listening now!

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  • A brief novel of deep feeling . . . What you recall is that reading Updike has always provided the pleasures you hoped were in store when you went through the trouble of learning to read. Time
  • The premise of Seek My Face is clean and powerful, like a canvas by Barnett Newman. . . . Swirled over [it] is John Updike’s superabundant prose, dazzling strings of looping sentences that wrap these two women in glittering constellations of words. The New York Observer
     
  • A rewarding new novel from our reigning master of surprise, the last sequence of which is surpassing in its beauty. San Francisco Chronicle
  • One of the 2002 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Anne Van | 2/20/2014

    " An interesting novel......a very lightly fictionalized Lee Krasner, wife of Jackson Pollack, spends the day with a magazine writer/interviewer reflecting about her life and the times of post WWII American art. The second husband is a funny amalgam of Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and who know who else. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Marguerite | 2/18/2014

    " Dear Mr. Updike: I'd rather watch a baseball game, and with the Yankees up 15-3 in the bottom of the 8th inning, there's little or no suspense there. I thought a woman artist as protagonist might be engaging. I was wrong. It's back to the library for you. Go, Yankees! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Casie | 1/31/2014

    " An older woman being interviewed about her life as an artist recounts her liaisons with thinly veiled fictional men who are in fact recognizably famous artists. A history lesson and an intimate portrait of personal inhibitions and revelations over the latter half of a turbulent century. Most pointedly, I have to say that there exist many good stories, but it's refreshing to delve into genuinely good literature again...voluntarily. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Paul | 1/27/2014

    " The book takes the form of an interview with a painter who was married to a Jackson Pollack type character. Talks about the main characters experiences with other artists, her love life, and her take on the significance of the art and artists/lovers in her life. The book seems to draw upon too many New England/Artist stereotypes to give it a higher rating. "

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