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.
In this sixth story from The Maples Stories, Richard and Joan attend a party, after which an
intoxicated Richard gets behind the wheel. With his wife in the backseat and
Eleanor, a woman to whom Richard is undeniably attracted, in the passenger
seat, he sets off into the snowy night. Download and start listening now!