Licks of Love: Short Stories and a Sequel

Licks of Love: Short Stories and a Sequel by John Updike 0375411135 9780375411137
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The dozen short stories in John Updikes new collection revisit many of the locales of his fiction: the small Pennsylvania town of Olinger, the lonely farm to which the hero moves as an adolescent, the exurban New England of adult camaraderie and sexual mischief, the New York City of artistic ambition and taunting glamour. Love, including an old womans for her cats and a boys for his embattled father, exerts its spell in all twelve; the title derives from a story in which an American banjo virtuoso demonstrates his licks to an enthralled Soviet audience in the heart of the Cold War, while being hounded by the epistolary aftermath of a one-night stand in Washington, D.C. To these tales Mr. Updike has added a novella-length sequel to his quartet of novels about Harry Rabbit Angstrom. Several old strands come at last together, and the dead mans survivors fitfully entertain his memory while pursuing their own happiness over the edge of the millennium. The place is, as before, the area of Brewer, Pennsylvania; the time, the last months of 1999.

Author: John Updike

Language: English

Edition: 1st trade ed

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 368

Publisher: Knopf

Publication Date: 2000-11-07

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