Old Girlfriends: Stories

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St. Martin's Press, Jul 21, 2009 - Fiction - 224 pages
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In this brilliantly told short story collection, critically acclaimed author David Updike skillfully portrays the multi-faceted nature of love and of the heart. From a father's painful realization his son has discovered the dark heart of racism still beats, to a quiet love affair that needs an audience to bloom; from the bumbling of a professor who unwittingly falls for one of his students to the wistful memories of a bittersweet affair tinged in regret, Updike portrays the intricacies of loving someone with candor. Full of sparkling wonder and poignant melancholy alike, Old Girlfriends is a clear-eyed vision of the world we live in. Drifting from the unrequited to the secretive, the familial to the first poetic moments, this soulful collection leaves no avenue of expression untouched.

 

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OLD GIRLFRIENDS: Stories

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Family, infidelity and faith anchor the carefully constructed stories in a collection by John Updike's son.Updike (stories: Out on the Marsh, 1988, etc.) seems uninterested in distancing himself from ... Read full review

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User Review  - rmckeown - LibraryThing

David Updike led a class in short fiction at The New England Writer’s Conference I attended back in the 80s. Recently, I heard David read from his latest book, Old Girlfriends. “Adjunct” tells the ... Read full review

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Contents

Geranium
1
In the Age of Convertibles
17
The Woman from Out of Town
45
Shining So Nicely in the Sun
57
A Word with the Boy
77
Kinds of Love
87
Old Girlfriends
115
The Last of the Caribs
153
Love Songs from America
171
Adjunct
189
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DAVID UPDIKE is the author of Out on the Marsh as well as an illustrated quartet for young readers: A Winter Journey, An Autumn Tale, A Spring Story, and The Sounds of Summer. His short stories have been published in The New Yorker, Epiphany, and Sargasso, among others. He is also a photographer and photographically illustrated the children's book, A Helpful Alphabet of Friendly Objects, written by his late father, writer John Updike. He teaches English at Roxbury Community College in Boston and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with his family.

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