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Publisher's Summary

Thornton Wilder’s renowned 1967 National Book Award-winning novel features a foreword by John Updike and an afterword by Tappan Wilder, who draws on such unique sources as Wilder’s unpublished letters, handwritten annotations in the margins of the book, and other illuminating documentary material. 

In 1962 and 1963, Thornton Wilder spent 20 months in hibernation, away from family and friends, in the town of Douglas, Arizona. While there, he launched The Eighth Day, a tale set in a mining town in Southern Illinois about two families blasted apart by the apparent murder of one father by the other. The miraculous escape of the accused killer, John Ashley, on the eve of his execution and his flight to freedom triggers a powerful story tracing the fate of his and the victim’s wife and children. 

At once a murder mystery and a philosophical story, The Eighth Day is a “suspenseful and deeply moving” (New York Times) work of classic stature that has been hailed as a great American epic. 

©1967 The Union & New Haven Trust Company. Foreword copyright (c) 2006 by John Updike. Afterword copyright (c) 2006 by Tappan Wilder. (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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The narration was uneven, as if some parts were re-recorded and the producer was unable to get the narrator's voice to marry up in terms of volume and tone. Otherwise, the narration was well-paced, clear and brought out the mystery in the story.