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In the Beauty of the Lilies: A Novel, Updike, John
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Author Name    Updike, John

Title   In the Beauty of the Lilies: A Novel

Binding   PAPERBACK

Book Condition   Good

Publisher    Random House Trade Paperbacks

ISBN Number    0449911217 / 9780449911211

Seller ID   SKU201602253

0449911217 1st edition, 1st printing with full number line. Good. Light to moderate shelf wear to covers/corners. Trade paperback binding. Support Last Word Books & Press and independent booksellers.

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"In the Beauty of the Lilies" begins in 1910 and traces God's relation to four generations of American seekers, beginning with Clarence Wilmot, a clergyman in Paterson, New Jersey. He loses his faith but finds solace at the movies, respite from "the bleak facts of life, his life, gutted by God's withdrawal." His son, Teddy, becomes a mailman who retreats from American exceptionalism, religious and otherwise, into a life of studied ordinariness. Teddy has a daughter, Esther, who becomes a movie star, an object of worship, an All-American goddess. Her neglected son, Clark, is possessed of a native Christian fervor that brings the story full circle: in the late 1980s he joins a Colorado sect called the Temple, a handful of "God's elect" hastening the day of reckoning. In following the Wilmots' collective search for transcendence, John Updike pulls one wandering thread from the tapestry of the American Century and writes perhaps the greatest of his later novels.

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