In appreciation of John Updike, who died in January at age 76, we chose the first of his most famous quartet of novels about Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom. Set in mid-20th century America, they feature a high school basketball star turned car salesman and unhappy husband, trying to cope with middle-class suburban life.

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  • Thomas Mallon author of seven novels, including "Bandbox," "Henry and Clara," and "Dewey Defeats Truman." Among his nonfiction books are "A Book of One's Own," "Stolen Words," and "Mrs. Paine's Garage." He's a frequent contributor to "The New Yorker," "The Atlantic Monthly," and other magazines.
  • Kate Lehrer author, most recently of "Confessions of a Bigamist."
  • Ron Charles fiction editor at The Washington Post

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