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  • Separating | John Updike

    Separating

    • UNABRIDGED (28 mins)
    • By John Updike
    • Narrated By Peter Van Norden
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    The Maples Stories consists of eighteen classic stories from across John Updike's career, forming aluminous chronicle of the life and times of one marriage in all its rich emotional complexity. "Separating," the fourteenth story in the collection, details the Maples' decision to part ways, their pragmatism about the split concealing their underlying emotions as they struggle to relate the news to their four nearly-grown children.

  • The Maples Stories | John Updike

    The Maples Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Updike
    • Narrated By Peter Van Norden
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    In 1956, Updike published a story, "Snowing in Greenwich Village," about a young couple, Joan and Richard Maple, at the beginning of their marriage. Over the next two decades, he returned to these characters again and again, tracing their years together raising children, finding moments of intermittent happiness, and facing the heartbreak of infidelity and estrangement.

    Richard says: "A weak reader hampers the work of a legend"
  • Here Come the Maples | John Updike

    Here Come the Maples

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    • By John Updike
    • Narrated By Peter Van Norden
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    The Maples Stories consists of eighteen classic stories from across John Updike's career, forming aluminous chronicle of the life and times of one marriage in all its rich emotional complexity. In 1956, Updike published the story "Snowing in Greenwich Village," about a young couple, Joan and Richard Maple, at the beginning of their marriage. Over the next two decades, he returned to these characters again and again, tracing their years together raising children, finding moments of intermittent happiness, and facing the heartbreak of infidelity.

  • Eros Rampant | John Updike

    Eros Rampant

    • UNABRIDGED (29 mins)
    • By John Updike
    • Narrated By Peter Van Norden
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    The Maples Stories consists of eighteen classic stories from across John Updike's career, forming aluminous chronicle of the life and times of one marriage in all its rich emotional complexity. In this ninth story, "Eros Rampant," the loves and loyalties of Maple family are revealed, to the heartbreak of some.

  • Grandparenting | John Updike

    Grandparenting

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    • By John Updike
    • Narrated By Peter Van Norden
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    "Grandparenting," the final installation of The Maples Stories, concludes with Joan and Richard transitioning into new roles as grandparents for the first time, navigating the strange world of a split yet unified family years after their divorce.

  • Gesturing | John Updike

    Gesturing

    • UNABRIDGED (28 mins)
    • By John Updike
    • Narrated By Peter Van Norden
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    The Maples Stories consists of eighteen classic stories from across John Updike's career, forming aluminous chronicle of the life and times of one marriage in all its rich emotional complexity. In the fifteenth installment, "Gesturing," Richard finally leaves the Maples' suburban town after their summer separation, taking an apartment in nearby Boston. Though both he and Joan continue to see their lovers, they can't escape the bond they forged over years of marriage and raising children.

  • Divorcing: A Fragment | John Updike

    Divorcing: A Fragment

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    • By John Updike
    • Narrated By Peter Van Norden
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    The Maples Stories consists of eighteen classic stories from across John Updike's career, forming aluminous chronicle of the life and times of one marriage in all its rich emotional complexity. "Divorcing: A Fragment", the sixteenth story in the Maples saga, offers a glimpse into the heartbreaking complexity of a relationship's collapse, no matter how flawed.

  • Marching through Boston | John Updike

    Marching through Boston

    • UNABRIDGED (23 mins)
    • By John Updike
    • Narrated By Peter Van Norden
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    The Maples Stories consists of eighteen classic stories from across John Updike's career, forming aluminous chronicle of the life and times of one marriage in all its rich emotional complexity. The fifth story in this collection, "Marching through Boston," finds Richard and Joan Maple still holding on to the tattered threads of their marriage. As Joan is caught up in the civil rights movement, an unwell Richard joins her at a march in Boston.

  • Wife-Wooing | John Updike

    Wife-Wooing

    • UNABRIDGED (12 mins)
    • By John Updike
    • Narrated By Peter Van Norden
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    The Maples Stories consists of eighteen classic stories from across John Updike's career, forming aluminous chronicle of the life and times of one marriage in all its rich emotional complexity. In 1956, Updike published the story "Snowing in Greenwich Village," about a young couple, Joan and Richard Maple, at the beginning of their marriage. Over the next two decades, he returned to these characters again and again, tracing their years together raising children, finding moments of intermittent happiness, and facing the heartbreak of infidelity and estrangement.

  • Snowing in Greenwich Village | John Updike

    Snowing in Greenwich Village

    • UNABRIDGED (19 mins)
    • By John Updike
    • Narrated By Peter Van Norden
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    In 1956, Updike published the story "Snowing in Greenwich Village," about a young couple, Joan and Richard Maple, at the beginning of their marriage. Over the next two decades, he returned to these characters again and again, tracing their years together raising children, finding moments of intermittent happiness, and facing the heartbreak of infidelity and estrangement.

  • Twin Beds in Rome | John Updike

    Twin Beds in Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (19 mins)
    • By John Updike
    • Narrated By Peter Van Norden
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    As Richard and Joan Maple's story continues in this fourth story in the collection, their marriage is falling apart. Though both intensely desire separation, they continue to hold on to their broken relationship. So rather than get away from each other, they go away with each other - to Rome.

  • The Taste of Metal | John Updike

    The Taste of Metal

    • UNABRIDGED (13 mins)
    • By John Updike
    • Narrated By Peter Van Norden
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    The Maples Stories consists of eighteen classic stories from across John Updike's career, forming aluminous chronicle of the life and times of one marriage in all its rich emotional complexity. In this sixth story from The Maples Stories, Richard and Joan attend a party, after which an intoxicated Richard gets behind the wheel. With his wife in the backseat and Eleanor, a woman to whom Richard is undeniably attracted, in the passenger seat, he sets off into the snowy night.

  • Your Lover Just Called | John Updike

    Your Lover Just Called

    • UNABRIDGED (18 mins)
    • By John Updike
    • Narrated By Peter Van Norden
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    In 1956, Updike published the story "Snowing in Greenwich Village," about a young couple, Joan and Richard Maple, at the beginning of their marriage. Over the next two decades, he returned to these characters again and again, tracing their years together raising children, finding moments of intermittent happiness, and facing the heartbreak of infidelity and estrangement.

  • Giving Blood | John Updike

    Giving Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (27 mins)
    • By John Updike
    • Narrated By Peter Van Norden
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    The Maples Stories consists of eighteen classic stories from across John Updike's career, forming aluminous chronicle of the life and times of one marriage in all its rich emotional complexity. This third story in the collection finds Richard and Joan Maple in their ninth year of marriage. A brilliant metaphor full of irony and eloquent prose, "Giving Blood" reveals to listeners a hint of the tension and verbal lacerations that are slowly but surely causing the destruction of a marriage.

  • Nakedness | John Updike

    Nakedness

    • UNABRIDGED (17 mins)
    • By John Updike
    • Narrated By Peter Van Norden
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    In 1956, Updike published the story "Snowing in Greenwich Village," about a young couple, Joan and Richard Maple, at the beginning of their marriage. Over the next two decades, he returned to these characters again and again, tracing their years together raising children, finding moments of intermittent happiness, and facing the heartbreak of infidelity and estrangement.

  • Plumbing | John Updike

    Plumbing

    • UNABRIDGED (15 mins)
    • By John Updike
    • Narrated By Peter Van Norden
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    In 1956, Updike published the story "Snowing in Greenwich Village," about a young couple, Joan and Richard Maple, at the beginning of their marriage. Over the next two decades, he returned to these characters again and again, tracing their years together raising children, finding moments of intermittent happiness, and facing the heartbreak of infidelity and estrangement. In this tenth story, "Plumbing," Richard Maple reflects on the past as his family moves into a new home.

  • Sublimating | John Updike

    Sublimating

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    • By John Updike
    • Narrated By Peter Van Norden
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    The Maples Stories consists of eighteen classic stories from across John Updike's career, forming aluminous chronicle of the life and times of one marriage in all its rich emotional complexity. In this twelfth story, "Sublimating," Richard buys a cabbage, Joan enjoys the car wash, and the two of them give up on sex.

  • Waiting Up | John Updike

    Waiting Up

    • UNABRIDGED (10 mins)
    • By John Updike
    • Narrated By Peter Van Norden
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    In 1956, Updike published the story "Snowing in Greenwich Village," about a young couple, Joan and Richard Maple, at the beginning of their marriage. Over the next two decades, he returned to these characters again and again, tracing their years together raising children, finding moments of intermittent happiness, and facing the heartbreak of infidelity and estrangement.

  • The Red-Herring Theory | John Updike

    The Red-Herring Theory

    • UNABRIDGED (12 mins)
    • By John Updike
    • Narrated By Peter Van Norden
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    In 1956, Updike published the story "Snowing in Greenwich Village," about a young couple, Joan and Richard Maple, at the beginning of their marriage. Over the next two decades, he returned to these characters again and again, tracing their years together raising children, finding moments of intermittent happiness, and facing the heartbreak of infidelity and estrangement. In this eleventh story, Richard and Joan, after hosting a party, talk about love and deceit in the suburbs.

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