By John Updike
John Updike’s 20th novel, like his first, The Poorhouse Fair, happens in a single day, an afternoon that includes a lot dialog and a few rain. The seventy-nine-year-old painter desire Chafetz, who during her eventful lifestyles has been wish Ouderkirk, desire McCoy, and wish Holloway, solutions questions placed to her by means of a brand new York interviewer named Kathryn, and recapitulates, via tales from her occupation and lots of marriages, the successful, poignant saga of postwar American artwork. within the evolving relation among the 2 ladies, interviewer and topic circulate out and in of the jobs of daughter and mom, therapist and sufferer, predator and prey, supplicant and idol. The scene is principal Vermont; the time, the early spring of 2001.