A NOVEL by John Updike
PUBLICATION Hamish Hamilton
Jacketed Hard Cover ISBN 9780241133866 [£10]
When junior college professor Alfred Clayton is asked to record his impressions of the Ford Administration, he recalls a turbulent piece of personal history as well. In a decade of sexual liberation, Clayton was facing a doomed marriage and the passionate beginnings of a futile affair with an unattainable Perfect Wife. But one memory begets another: Clayton's unfinished book on James Buchanan. In John Updike's fifteenth novel, he masterfully alternates between the two men, two lives, two American centuries—one Victorian, the other modern—shining an irreverent, witty, and sometimes caustic light on the contrasting views of social fictions and sexual politics....