The Widows of Eastwick Author:John Updike 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 ... more »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 on Updike?s delightful, ominous sequel.« less
I really did not like this book. It seemed to me to be a famous author's love affair with his own words, but the story did nothing for me. I did not like the portrayal of the widows, it seemed to me to be a case of a man writing what HE thinks it's like to be an older woman, and I did not feel very kindly towards that portrayal.