In the Beauty of the Lilies: A Novel
(Adobe EPUB eBook, Kindle Book, OverDrive Read)

Book Cover
Average Rating
Author:
Published:
Random House Publishing Group 2009
Format:
Adobe EPUB eBook, Kindle Book, OverDrive Read
Status:
Available from OverDrive
Description

In the Beauty of the Lilies begins in 1910 and traces God's relation to four generations of American seekers, beginning with Clarence Wilmot, a clergyman in Paterson, New Jersey. He loses his faith but finds solace at the movies, respite from "the bleak facts of life, his life, gutted by God's withdrawal." His son, Teddy, becomes a mailman who retreats from American exceptionalism, religious and otherwise, into a life of studied ordinariness. Teddy has a daughter, Esther, who becomes a movie star, an object of worship, an All-American goddess. Her neglected son, Clark, is possessed of a native Christian fervor that brings the story full circle: in the late 1980s he joins a Colorado sect called the Temple, a handful of "God's elect" hastening the day of reckoning. In following the Wilmots' collective search for transcendence, John Updike pulls one wandering thread from the tapestry of the American Century and writes perhaps the greatest of his later novels.

Also in This Series
Formats
Adobe EPUB eBook
Works on all eReaders (except Kindles), desktop computers and mobile devices with with reading apps installed.
Kindle Book
Works on Kindles and devices with a Kindle app installed.
Need Help?
If you are having problem transferring a title to your device, please fill out this support form or visit the library so we can help you to use our eBooks and eAudio Books.
More Like This
Other Editions and Formats
More Details
Street Date:
07/22/2009
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780307421333
ASIN:
B002IPZBVI
Citations
APA Citation (style guide)

John Updike. (2009). In the Beauty of the Lilies: A Novel. Random House Publishing Group.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

John Updike. 2009. In the Beauty of the Lilies: A Novel. Random House Publishing Group.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

John Updike, In the Beauty of the Lilies: A Novel. Random House Publishing Group, 2009.

MLA Citation (style guide)

John Updike. In the Beauty of the Lilies: A Novel. Random House Publishing Group, 2009. Web.

Note! Citation formats are based on standards as of July 2010. Citations contain only title, author, edition, publisher, and year published. Citations should be used as a guideline and should be double checked for accuracy.
Copy Details
LibraryOwnedAvailable
Anne Arundel County Public Library11
Staff View
Grouped Work ID:
dd7007ec-234e-4455-1157-55c2668287c5
Go To Grouped Work
Needs Update?:
No
Date Added:
Sep 24, 2018 10:23:04
Date Updated:
Dec 15, 2019 04:14:52
Last Metadata Check:
Dec 15, 2019 10:04:40
Last Metadata Change:
Dec 06, 2019 19:55:14
Last Availability Check:
Dec 15, 2019 10:04:44
Last Availability Change:
Feb 10, 2019 15:25:11
Last Grouped Work Modification Time:
Dec 15, 2019 04:25:49

OverDrive Product Record

images
    • cover:
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-100/0111-1/{5123BBCB-A3BD-4DB3-ABE7-A577A21899CB}Img100.jpg
        • type: image/jpeg
    • thumbnail:
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-200/0111-1/{5123BBCB-A3BD-4DB3-ABE7-A577A21899CB}Img200.jpg
        • type: image/jpeg
    • cover150Wide:
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-150/0111-1/512/3BB/CB/{5123BBCB-A3BD-4DB3-ABE7-A577A21899CB}Img150.jpg
        • type: image/jpeg
    • cover300Wide:
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-400/0111-1/512/3BB/CB/{5123BBCB-A3BD-4DB3-ABE7-A577A21899CB}Img400.jpg
        • type: image/jpeg
formats
      • identifiers:
            • type: ISBN
            • value: 9780307421333
            • type: PublisherCatalogNumber
            • value: 181894
      • name: Adobe EPUB eBook
      • id: ebook-epub-adobe
      • identifiers:
            • type: ISBN
            • value: 9780307421333
            • type: ASIN
            • value: B002IPZBVI
            • type: PublisherCatalogNumber
            • value: 181894
      • name: Kindle Book
      • id: ebook-kindle
      • identifiers:
            • type: ISBN
            • value: 9780307421333
            • type: PublisherCatalogNumber
            • value: 181894
      • name: OverDrive Read
      • id: ebook-overdrive
otherFormatIdentifiers
      • type: ISBN
      • value: 0449911217
mediaType
eBook
primaryCreator
    • role: Author
    • name: John Updike
title
In the Beauty of the Lilies
dateAdded
2018-09-24T09:19:00-04:00
contentDetails
      • href: https://link.overdrive.com/?websiteID=51&titleID=256450
      • type: text/html
      • account:
          • name: Maryland's Digital Library (MD)
          • id: 831
sortTitle
In the Beauty of the Lilies A Novel
crossRefId
256450
subtitle
A Novel
id
5123bbcb-a3bd-4db3-abe7-a577a21899cb
starRating
2.8

OverDrive MetaData

isPublicDomain
False
formats
      • fileName: IntheBeautyoftheLilies9780307421333
      • partCount: 0
      • fileSize: 2227591
      • identifiers:
            • type: ISBN
            • value: 9780307421333
            • type: PublisherCatalogNumber
            • value: 181894
      • rights:
            • type: Copying
            • value: 0
            • type: Printing
            • value: 0
            • type: Lending
            • value: 0
            • type: ReadAloud
            • value: 0
            • type: ExpirationRights
            • value: 0
      • name: Adobe EPUB eBook
      • id: ebook-epub-adobe
      • onSaleDate: 08/26/2009
      • samples:
            • source: From the book
            • formatType: ebook-epub-adobe
            • url: https://excerpts.cdn.overdrive.com/FormatType-410/0111-1/512/3BB/CB/IntheBeautyoftheLilies9780307421333.epub
            • source: From the book
            • formatType: ebook-overdrive
            • url: https://samples.overdrive.com/?crid=5123BBCB-A3BD-4DB3-ABE7-A577A21899CB&.epub-sample.overdrive.com
      • fileName: IntheBeautyoftheLilies9780307421333
      • partCount: 0
      • fileSize: 0
      • identifiers:
            • type: ISBN
            • value: 9780307421333
            • type: ASIN
            • value: B002IPZBVI
            • type: PublisherCatalogNumber
            • value: 181894
      • name: Kindle Book
      • id: ebook-kindle
      • onSaleDate: 08/26/2009
      • samples:
            • source: From the book
            • formatType: ebook-epub-adobe
            • url: https://excerpts.cdn.overdrive.com/FormatType-410/0111-1/512/3BB/CB/IntheBeautyoftheLilies9780307421333.epub
            • source: From the book
            • formatType: ebook-overdrive
            • url: https://samples.overdrive.com/?crid=5123BBCB-A3BD-4DB3-ABE7-A577A21899CB&.epub-sample.overdrive.com
      • fileName: IntheBeautyoftheLilies9780307421333
      • partCount: 0
      • fileSize: 0
      • identifiers:
            • type: ISBN
            • value: 9780307421333
            • type: PublisherCatalogNumber
            • value: 181894
      • name: OverDrive Read
      • id: ebook-overdrive
      • onSaleDate: 08/26/2009
      • samples:
            • source: From the book
            • formatType: ebook-epub-adobe
            • url: https://excerpts.cdn.overdrive.com/FormatType-410/0111-1/512/3BB/CB/IntheBeautyoftheLilies9780307421333.epub
            • source: From the book
            • formatType: ebook-overdrive
            • url: https://samples.overdrive.com/?crid=5123BBCB-A3BD-4DB3-ABE7-A577A21899CB&.epub-sample.overdrive.com
keywords
      • value: family
      • value: relationships
      • value: us history
      • value: literary fiction
      • value: War
      • value: Postmodernism
      • value: Historical
      • value: romance
      • value: Modernism
      • value: contemporary fiction
      • value: Prison
      • value: Fiction
      • value: crime
      • value: philosophy
      • value: novels
      • value: classic
      • value: marriage
      • value: love
      • value: Coming of age
      • value: Identity
      • value: Death
      • value: love story
      • value: satire
      • value: 20th Century
      • value: Short Stories
      • value: Drama
      • value: Horror
      • value: Modern
      • value: race
      • value: psychology
      • value: Science Fiction
      • value: feminism
      • value: americana
      • value: Essays
      • value: classic literature
      • value: literature
      • value: American Literature
      • value: fiction books
      • value: fantasy
      • value: school
      • value: drugs
      • value: book club recommendations
      • value: fiction psychological
      • value: realistic fiction books
      • value: books fiction
creators
      • role: Author
      • fileAs: Updike, John
      • bioText:

        John Updike was born in Shillington, Pennsylvania, in 1932. He graduated from Harvard College in 1954 and spent a year in Oxford, England, at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art. From 1955 to 1957 he was a member of the staff of The New Yorker. His novels have won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Rosenthal Foundation Award, and the William Dean Howells Medal. In 2007 he received the Gold Medal for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. John Updike died in January 2009.

      • name: John Updike
imprint
Random House
publishDate
2009-07-22T00:00:00-04:00
isOwnedByCollections
True
title
In the Beauty of the Lilies
fullDescription

In the Beauty of the Lilies begins in 1910 and traces God's relation to four generations of American seekers, beginning with Clarence Wilmot, a clergyman in Paterson, New Jersey. He loses his faith but finds solace at the movies, respite from "the bleak facts of life, his life, gutted by God's withdrawal." His son, Teddy, becomes a mailman who retreats from American exceptionalism, religious and otherwise, into a life of studied ordinariness. Teddy has a daughter, Esther, who becomes a movie star, an object of worship, an All-American goddess. Her neglected son, Clark, is possessed of a native Christian fervor that brings the story full circle: in the late 1980s he joins a Colorado sect called the Temple, a handful of "God's elect" hastening the day of reckoning. In following the Wilmots' collective search for transcendence, John Updike pulls one wandering thread from the tapestry of the American Century and writes perhaps the greatest of his later novels.

reviews
      • premium: False
      • source: The New York Times
      • content: "Dazzling . . . a book that forces us to reassess the American Dream and the crucial role that faith (and the longing for faith) have played in shaping the national soul."
      • premium: False
      • source: The Boston Globe
      • content: "Stirring and captivating and beautifully written . . . This is the Updike of the Rabbit books, who can take you uphill and down with his grace of vision, his gossamer language, and his merciful, ironic glance at the misery of the human condition."
      • premium: False
      • source: George Steiner, The New Yorker
      • content: "Updike's genius, his place beside Hawthorne and Nabokov have never been more assured."
      • premium: True
      • source: Publisher's Weekly
      • content:

        January 20, 1997
        The spiritual and sexual malaise of a multigenerational American family is the focus of Updike's masterful novel, a six-week PW bestseller.

popularity
60
links
    • self:
        • href: https://api.overdrive.com/v1/collections/v1L2BaQAAAOQCAAA1L/products/5123bbcb-a3bd-4db3-abe7-a577a21899cb/metadata
        • type: application/vnd.overdrive.api+json
id
5123bbcb-a3bd-4db3-abe7-a577a21899cb
starRating
2.8
images
    • cover:
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-100/0111-1/{5123BBCB-A3BD-4DB3-ABE7-A577A21899CB}Img100.jpg
        • type: image/jpeg
    • thumbnail:
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-200/0111-1/{5123BBCB-A3BD-4DB3-ABE7-A577A21899CB}Img200.jpg
        • type: image/jpeg
    • cover150Wide:
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-150/0111-1/512/3BB/CB/{5123BBCB-A3BD-4DB3-ABE7-A577A21899CB}Img150.jpg
        • type: image/jpeg
    • cover300Wide:
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-400/0111-1/512/3BB/CB/{5123BBCB-A3BD-4DB3-ABE7-A577A21899CB}Img400.jpg
        • type: image/jpeg
isPublicPerformanceAllowed
False
languages
      • code: en
      • name: English
subjects
      • value: Fiction
      • value: Literature
      • value: Romance
publishDateText
07/22/2009
otherFormatIdentifiers
      • type: ISBN
      • value: 0449911217
mediaType
eBook
shortDescription

In the Beauty of the Lilies begins in 1910 and traces God's relation to four generations of American seekers, beginning with Clarence Wilmot, a clergyman in Paterson, New Jersey. He loses his faith but finds solace at the movies, respite from "the bleak facts of life, his life, gutted by God's withdrawal." His son, Teddy, becomes a mailman who retreats from American exceptionalism, religious and otherwise, into a life of studied ordinariness. Teddy has a daughter, Esther, who becomes a movie star, an object of worship, an All-American goddess. Her neglected son, Clark, is possessed of a native Christian fervor that brings the story full circle: in the late 1980s he joins a Colorado sect called the Temple, a handful of "God's elect" hastening the day of reckoning. In following the Wilmots' collective search for transcendence, John Updike pulls one wandering thread from the tapestry of the American Century and writes perhaps the greatest of his later novels.

sortTitle
In the Beauty of the Lilies A Novel
crossRefId
256450
subtitle
A Novel
publisher
Random House Publishing Group