The Widows of Eastwick by John Updike
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More than three decades after the events described in The Witches of Eastwick, Alexandra, Jane, and Sukie—widowed, aging, and with their occult powers fading—return for the summer to the Rhode Island town where they once made piquant scandal and sometimes deadly mischief. But what was then a center of license and liberation is now a “haven of wholesomeness” populated by hockey moms and househusbands primly rebelling against their absent, reckless, self-involved parents. With spirits still free but energy waning, the three women reconstitute their coven to confront not only this youthful counterspell of propriety but also the enmity of those longtime townsfolk who, through their youthful witchery, they irreparably harmed. In this wise and wicked satire on the way we make peace with our pasts, John Updike proves himself a wizard on every page.
 

About John Updike

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John Updike was born in Shillington, Pennsylvania, in 1932. He graduated from Harvard College in 1954 and spent a year in Oxford, England, at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art. From 1955 to 1957 he was a member of the staff of The New Yorker. His novels have won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Rosenthal Foundation Award, and the William Dean Howells Medal. In 2007 he received the Gold Medal for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. John Updike died in January 2009.
 
Published October 14, 2008 by Random House. 320 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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“The Widows of Eastwick,” while deeply flawed, is a less tendentious, more emotionally credible work than its predecessor.

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The New York Times

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In this ingenious sequel to “The Witches of Eastwick,” the three title characters, old ladies now, renew their sisterhood, return to their old hometown and contrive to atone for past crimes.

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BC Books

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Readers of The Widows of Eastwick may be more bothered and bewildered than bewitched.

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Star Tribune

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This book takes a while to get going and the end is a bit pat, but there's plenty of magical fun in the middle.

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The Telegraph

The Witches of Eastwick, dark, acerbic Jane, pert and avid Sukie, and the heavy earth-mother, Alexandra, renew their unholy alliance in The Widows of Eastwick.

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Bookmarks Magazine

A few even suggested that Updike doesn’t adequately understand women’s aging, though the New York Times argued that the witches are most compellingly understood as ordinary women.

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