Author(s): John Updike
It is the year 2020. America has recently experienced a war with China, and social chaos and protection racketeering prevail. Ben Turnbull, retired investment adviser, nestled in his big, old home north of Boston, nevertheless retains many of the comforts of life, as supervised by his vivacious second wife, Gloria. In his journal, Ben recounts not only his married life and adulterous affair, visits to his five children and ten grandchildren, but also the alternative identities, from the past and possibly the future, created by his unpredictable and indomitable mind.