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A & P Summary
John Updike

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A & P Summary


John Updike's short story "A & P" was first published in the July 22, 1961 issue of the New Yorker, and was published again the following year in the author's collection Pigeon Feathers and Other Stories. Arthur Mizener's review of the collection in the New York Times Book Review exalted Updike in terms that soon became commonplace for the writer: "his natural talent is so great that for some time it has been a positive handicap to him." Almost forty years later, "A&P" remains Updike's most anthologized story and one of his most popular.

Sammy's encounter with a trio of swim-suited girls in the grocery store where he works encompasses many of the themes central to adolescence, including accepting the repercussions of one's choices. When Sammy quits in protest of how the girls are treated by the store's manager, he knows that from now on, the world will be a...

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