Rabbit Run – John Updike

“You do things and do things and nobody really has a clue.”

“You do things and do things and nobody really has a clue.”

Set in 1960s small-town America, this is the first instalment in the life of Harry ‘Rabbit’ Angstrom, a 26 year old trapped in a life he’s not sure how he got.  Rabbit is a former high school basketball player who has somehow wound up as a salesman for a kitchen gadget called a MagiPeeler.  He is married to Janice, a salesgirl and they have a young son, Nelson and another kid on the way.  Unsatisfied with his lot, tired of middle class suburbia and looking for the missing element, Rabbit decides he’s had enough and just walks out.  Unsure of where to go, he stays with his former basketball coach, Marty Tothero

Whilst staying there he meets Ruth, a part-time prostitute and they begin an affair.  Fast forward a few months and Ruth and Rabbit have a fight and he leaves, as Janice is in labour.  Believing that their new daughter is the missing element, Rabbit stays with Janice, but makes the mistake of encouraging Janice to drink, in order to relax. SO WHICH GIRL DOES HE CHOOSE?