Rabbit Is Rich
|Publisher||Alfred A. Knopf|
|September 12, 1981|
|Media type||Print (hardcover and paperback)|
|LC Class||PS3571.P4 R25 1981|
|Preceded by||Rabbit Redux|
|Followed by||Rabbit At Rest|
Rabbit Is Rich is a 1981 novel by John Updike. It is the third novel of the four-part series which begins with Rabbit, Run and Rabbit Redux, and concludes with Rabbit At Rest. There is also a related 2001 novella, Rabbit Remembered. Rabbit Is Rich was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award for Fiction [a] in 1982, as well as the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction in 1981. The first-edition hardcover dust jacket for the novel was designed by the author, and is significantly different from the common horizontal-stripe designs used on the other three Rabbit novels. Later printings, including trade paperbacks, feature the trademark stripe motif with stock images of a set of car keys or an image of a late-1970s Japanese automobile.
This third novel of Updike's Rabbit series examines the life of Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom, a one-time high school basketball star, who has reached a paunchy middle-age without relocating from Brewer, Pennsylvania, the poor, fictional city of his birth. Harry and Janice, his wife of twenty-two years, live comfortably, having inherited her late father's Toyota dealership. He is indeed rich, but Harry's persistent problems — his wife's drinking, his troubled son's schemes, his libido, and spectres from his past — complicate life. Having achieved a lifestyle that would have embarrassed his working-class parents, Harry is not greedy, but neither is he ever quite satisfied. Harry has become somewhat enamored of a country-club friend's young wife. He also has to deal with the indecision and irresponsibility of Nelson, his son, who is a student at Kent State University. Throughout the book, Harry wonders about his former lover Ruth, and whether she had ever given birth to their daughter.
- "National Book Awards - 1982". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2012-03-15.
(With essays by Amity Gaige and Nancy Werlin and from the Awards 60-year anniversary blog.)
Plains Song: For Female Voices
|National Book Award for Fiction
With: So Long, See You Tomorrow
The Color Purple
The Stories of John Cheever
The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
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