Seek My Face

  • by John Updike
  • Narrated by Kathryn Walker
  • 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

John Updike's twentieth novel, like his first, The Poorhouse Fair (1959), takes place in one day, a day that contains much conversation and some rain. The 78-year-old painter Hope Chafetz, who in the course of her eventful life has been Hope Ouderkirk, Hope McCoy, and Hope Holloway, answers questions put to her by a New York interviewer named Kathryn, and recapitulates, throughout the story of her own career, the triumphant, poignant saga of postwar American art. In the evolving relation between the two women, the interviewer and interviewee move in and out of the roles of daughter and mother, therapist and patient, predator and prey, supplicant and idol. The scene is central Vermont; the time is the early spring of 2001.

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What the Critics Say

"The novel achieves a remarkable depth of characterization and a glowing beauty in its articulation of the artistic sensibility." (Booklist)

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Customer Reviews

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Better than 90% of the pap that passes for writing

Well written beautifully narrated. A very good listen.
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- Stephen

Seek My Face

A crashing bore! Certainly not up to Updyke?s usual.
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- Joann Nash

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-05-2002
  • Publisher: Random House Audio