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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? The old Rhode Island seaside town, where they indulged in wicked mischief under the influence of the diabolical Darryl Van Horne, is still magical for them. Now Darryl is gone, and their lovers of the time have aged or died, but enchantment remains in the familiar streets and scenery of the village, where they enjoyed their lusty primes as free and empowered women. And, among the local citizenry, there are still those who remember them, and wish them ill. How they cope with the lingering traces of their evil deeds, the shocks of a mysterious counterspell, and the advancing inroads of old age, form the burden of Updike's delightful, ominous sequel.
©2008 John Updike; ©2008 Random House Audio
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By I. Kissen on 01-08-09

Transformation

Sad transformation from "witches" to "widows". But this is the fact of life. "The Widows of Eastwick" is the best Updike novel in the last 5 years!

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By Pamela Harvey on 01-16-09

Amazing!

This in one of the best audiobooks ever, in my mind, at least. In a beautifully written sequel to "The Witches...", Updike shows truly prescient powers in reading the female mind, especially the sixtysomething version, including many items of significance as well as things you'll never think of until you get there. I loved every word of this read, and the only downers for me were the longish travelogues of exotic countries. Sort of like watching your best friends slides of "summer vacation". But I just ff'd through those sections. Great read, heartily recommended!

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5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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