My Father's Tears and Other Stories

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My Father's Tears and Other Stories by John Updike was published posthumously on June 2, 2009. It is the first collection of Updike's short fiction to be released since 2000.

Stories collected

TitleOriginally published in
"Morocco"The Atlantic Monthly, November 1979
"Personal Archaeology"The New Yorker, May 29, 2000
"Free"The New Yorker, Jan 08, 2001
"The Walk With Elizanne" The New Yorker, July 07, 2003
"The Guardians" The New Yorker, March 26, 2001
"The Laughter of the Gods"
"Varieties of Religious Experience" The Atlantic, Nov 2002
"Spanish Prelude to a Second Marriage"Harper's Magazine
"Delicate Wives" The New Yorker, Feb 02, 2004
"The Accelerating Expansion of the Universe"Harper's Magazine
"German Lessons"Playboy
"The Road Home" under the title "The Roads of Home," The New Yorker, Feb 07, 2005
"My Father's Tears" The New Yorker, Feb 27, 2006
"Kinderszenen"Harper's Magazine
"The Apparition" The Atlantic, 2007
"Blue Light"Playboy
"Outage" The New Yorker, Jan 07, 2008
"The Full Glass" The New Yorker, May 26, 2008


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