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'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
[http://www.nationalbook.org/nba1982.html "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.)
This was the 1982 award for hardcover Fiction.
From 1980 to 1983 in National Book Awards history there were dual hardcover and paperback awards in most categories. Most of the paperback award-winners were reprints, including the 1982 Fiction. in 1982, as well as the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction in 1981.
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 child.
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