The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike
A Novel

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Toward the end of the Vietnam era, in a snug little Rhode Island seacoast town, wonderful powers have descended upon Alexandra, Jane, and Sukie, bewitching divorcées with sudden access to all that is female, fecund, and mysterious. Alexandra, a sculptor, summons thunderstorms; Jane, a cellist, floats on the air; and Sukie, the local gossip columnist, turns milk into cream. Their happy little coven takes on new, malignant life when a dark and moneyed stranger, Darryl Van Horne, refurbishes the long-derelict Lenox mansion and invites them in to play. Thenceforth scandal flits through the darkening, crooked streets of Eastwick—and through the even darker fantasies of the town’s collective psyche.




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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 March 13, 2012 by Random House. 306 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Business & Economics. Fiction

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How did these middle-class, small-town, otherwise ordinary women get their witchy powers? Simple. They became husbandless.

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Examiner

If anything, a twenty-five year span, which is more like thirty something year difference in the book, could have changed the outlooks of the characters due to changes regarding their age and overall cultural transformation?

Aug 16 2009 | Read Full Review of The Witches of Eastwick: A Novel

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I looked up the new series based on ‘The Witches of Eastwick’ called ‘Eastwick.’ For the last two days I have been thinking about this television version being something based on the women as they are in ‘The Widows of Eastwick’ because it has been quite some time since the ‘Golden Girls’ had the...

Aug 18 2009 | Read Full Review of The Witches of Eastwick: A Novel

Examiner

While doing research for ‘Widows of Eastwick’ project I found out that an ABC series based on the original book is set to debut in the fall called ‘Eastwick’.

Aug 17 2009 | Read Full Review of The Witches of Eastwick: A Novel

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Perhaps if I were of Updike’s generation or even the age of the women in the novel I might feel differently, but try as I might I just didn’t find anything charming about the book except that it was well written in a clever sort of way yet it felt as if it didn’t go anywhere.

Aug 19 2009 | Read Full Review of The Witches of Eastwick: A Novel

Christian Science Monitor

Van Horne's role, too, is not to be the agent of evil, but simply a catalyst whose presence triggers malfeasance in the three witches (Alexandra, Jane, and Sukey).

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The Columbus Dispatch

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Deseret News

More than 30 years after Darryl Van Horne moved into the old Lenox mansion in Eastwick, R.I., and began carrying on with three divorcees who happened to be witches, the coven returns to the scene of high times and crimes.

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