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.
As Richard and Joan Maple’s story continues in this
fourth story in the collection, their marriage is falling apart. Though both
intensely desire separation, they continue to hold on to their broken
relationship. So rather than get away from each other, they go away with each
other—to Rome. Download and start listening now!