"Spanning the 2nd half of the 20th century, Owen MacKenzie's life is defined by 3 villages where comfort & anguish, bliss & betrayal, are never far apart. In Willow, PA, the young Owen is transfixed by his first glimpse of budding female beauty. Middle Falls, CT, is where, married, he makes a small fortune in computer programming & discovers the secret pleasures of serial adultery. Finally, retired & married for a 2nd time, Owen settles with his memories in the geriatric community of Haskells Crossing, MA. In this novel of sexual pursuit & emotional discovery, John Updike turns Owen Mackenzie's sentimental education into a radiant, sensual fable of coming of age in America."