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Seek My Face by John Updike

John Updike's twentieth novel, Seek My Face, is a retelling of a woman's life through her own memories. It's a conversation between two women, Hope, a 79-year-old painter living in Vermont and Kathryn, a 27-year-old interviewer from New York who is ostensibly writing an article about Hope's life and work. Hope recounts the events of her life, specifically her marriages to two famous artists. As Kathryn listens to stories of Hope's marriage, she realizes that Hope subverted her own artistic talent to support her husbands' careers. While not everyone is a fan of John Updike's literary style, he remains one of the masters of American literature for the last fifty years. The San Francisco Chronicle calls Seek My Face a "rewarding new novel from our reigning master of surprise, the last sequence of which is surpassing in its beauty"
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San Francisco Chronicle review by Alan Cheuse

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