Eastwick

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The Witches of Eastwick Publisher's Summary

“John Updike is the great genial sorcerer of American letters [and] The Witches of Eastwick [is one of his] most ambitious works.... [A] comedy of the blackest sort.” (The New York Times Book Review)

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.

“A great deal of fun to read...fresh, constantly entertaining.... John Updike [is] a wizard of language and observation.” (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

“Vintage Updike, which is to say among the best fiction we have.” (Newsday)

©1996 John Updike; 2008 Random House Audio
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  • Book 1

    • The Witches of Eastwick

    • A Novel
    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 175
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 117
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 118

    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. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Bewitched!

    • By I. Kissen on 01-08-09

    Regular price: $31.93

  • Book 2

    • The Widows of Eastwick

    • A Novel
    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 69
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 29

    More than three decades have passed since the events described in John Updike's The Witches of Eastwick. The three divorcées - Alexandra, Jane, and Sukie - have left town, remarried, and become widows. They cope with their grief and solitude as widows do: they travel the world, to such foreign lands as Canada, Egypt, and China, and renew old acquaintance. Why not, Sukie and Jane ask Alexandra, go back to Eastwick for the summer?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Transformation

    • By I. Kissen on 01-08-09

    Regular price: $31.93