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A stunningly sensuous novel from the bestselling John Updike, published as a Penguin Essential for the first time.

Owen Mackenzie's life story abounds with sin and seduction, domesticity and debauchery. His marriage to his college sweetheart is quickly followed by his first betrayal and he embarks upon a series of affairs. His pursuit of happiness, in a succession of small towns from Pennsylvania to Massachusetts, brings him to the edge of chaos, from which he is saved by a rescue that carries its own fatal price.

Formats & editions

  • Hardback

    9781400042906

    November 15, 2004

    Random House USA

    RRP $39.99

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  • Paperback

    9780241983799

    June 18, 2018

    Penguin General UK

    336 pages

    RRP $19.99

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    • Amazon
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    • Boomerang Books
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    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au