Old Girlfriends

Old Girlfriends

by David Updike
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Old Girlfriends by David Updike

In this brilliantly told short story collection, critically acclaimed author David Updike skillfully portrays the multi-faceted nature of love and of the heart. From a father’s painful realization his son has discovered the dark heart of racism still beats, to a quiet love affair that needs an audience to bloom; from the bumbling of a professor who unwittingly falls for one of his students to the wistful memories of a bittersweet affair tinged in regret, Updike portrays the intricacies of loving someone with candor. Full of sparkling wonder and poignant melancholy alike, Old Girlfriends is a clear-eyed vision of the world we live in. Drifting from the unrequited to the secretive, the familial to the first poetic moments, this soulful collection leaves no avenue of expression untouched.

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ISBN-13: 9780312550011
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 07/21/2009
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.76(w) x 8.62(h) x 0.83(d)

About the Author

DAVID UPDIKE is the author of Out on the Marsh as well as an illustrated quartet for young readers: A Winter Journey, An Autumn Tale, A Spring Story, and The Sounds of Summer. His short stories have been published in The New Yorker, Epiphany, and Sargasso, among others. He is also a photographer and photographically illustrated the children's book, A Helpful Alphabet of Friendly Objects, written by his late father, writer John Updike. He teaches English at Roxbury Community College in Boston and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with his family.

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Old Girlfriends 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Alfredo17 More than 1 year ago
This book contains fine short stories of romance and subtle romantic troubles. The work seems more romantic and les cynical and ironic than the work of John Updike.
wightknyte More than 1 year ago
These stories have a certain plainly-spoken elegance that I enjoy. The masterful stroke in this collection is the thread of emotional tenderness that runs through all the stories. This emotional connection to other people interrelates the stories just as it interrelates the characters to each other and the rest of humanity. It's beautifully handled. Tender and powerful yet. Never melodramatic or overdone. The stories are all different, but they all share this same marvelous emotional tenderness. Well worth the read.