In the Beauty of the Lilies
"IT WILL LEAVE YOU STUNNED AND BREATHLESS. . . . With grand ambition, [Updike] not only tracks the fortunes and falls of an American family through four generations and eight decades but also creates a shimmering, celluloid portrait of the whole century as viewed through the metaphor of the movies."
"AN IMPORTANT AND IMPRESSIVE NOVEL: a novel that not only shows how we live today, but also how we got there. . . . A book that forces us to reassess the American Dream and the crucial role that faith (and the longing for faith) has played in shaping the national soul."
--The New York Times
"STIRRING AND CAPTIVATING AND BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN . . . [This] new novel displays a depth and a narrative confidence that make one sigh with sweet anticipation. This is the Updike of the Rabbit books, who can take you uphill and down with his grace of vision, his gossamer language, and his merciful, ironic glance at the misery of the human condition. "
--The Boston Globe
"AWESOME . . . Updike's genius, his place beside Hawthorne and Nabokov have never been more assured, or chilling."
--The New Yorker
--The Atlanta Journal Constitution
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Review: In The Beauty Of The LiliesUser Review - Liz - Goodreads
Believe it or not this is my first john Updike book...initially, I found his long running sentences a lot to take in...but I quickly adjusted to his sophisticated writing style and ability and his ... Read full review
Review: In The Beauty Of The LiliesUser Review - Cathy Douglas - Goodreads
Didn't think I'd finish this one, let alone enjoy it. What can I say? I loved Teddy. The fascinating thing about Teddy is that he's got this sort of inner compass that tells him what will work for him ... Read full review