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The Same Door

A collection of stories by

The title of John Updike's first short story collection, published when the author was twenty-seven, alludes to the old superstition that you should enter and leave a house by the same door. Thus John Nordholm, the alternately shy and brash hero of the first story here, is also the narrator of the last. Yet there is a sense in which all sixteen of these stories knock at the same door, a door that in "Dentistry and Doubt" swings open, and in "Toward Evening" remains shut. The characters are polite, nervous, diffident, as if life - or at least youth, for they are all young - were a discomfiting wait in the anteroom of the absolute. The majority of these stories depict encounters between strangers and their unexpected effects, which can be as concrete as a roomful of flowers or a bottle of wine, or as intangible as a miracle or a dream.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Hardback Editions

June 1959 : USA Hardback

Title: Same Door
Author(s): John Updike
ISBN: 0-394-44361-6 / 978-0-394-44361-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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Paperback Editions

August 1981 : USA Paperback

Title: The Same Door, Short Stories
Author(s): John Updike
ISBN: 0-394-74763-1 / 978-0-394-74763-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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1970 : UK Paperback

Title: The Same Door
Author(s): John Updike
ISBN: 0-14-002161-2 / 978-0-14-002161-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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Kindle Editions

September 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition

Title: The Same Door: Short Stories
Author(s): John Updike
Publisher: Random House
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