A Sweet Can ~ A View From John Updike’s Keyboard

“In walks these three girls in nothing but bathing suits. I’m in the third checkout slot, with my back to the door, so I don’t see them until they’re over by the bread. The one that caught my eye first was the one in the plaid green two-piece. She was a chunky kid, with a good tan and a sweet broad, soft-looking can with those two crescents of white just under it, where the sun never seems to hit, at the top of the backs of her legs.”  -from “A&P” by John Updike.

The story, one of my all-time favorites (read it all if you haven’t yet. Or even if you have. I read at least a couple of times a year,) first appeared in The New Yorker in 1961.

Happy Short Story Month!

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