The Poorhouse Fair Paperback / softback
by John Updike
Part of the Penguin Modern Classics series
At the Diamond County Home for the Aged, the inmates prepare for the annual ritual of the Poorhouse Fair, a summer celebration at which the old and infirm sell their produce on stalls to the people of the local town.
Bitter, resentful and edging towards senility, the elderly residents of the Home take pride every year in the responsibility and self-respect they gain from this one day.
But when the fair goes less well than the old folks had hoped, they are in no doubt who to blame: Conner, the new prefect of the home.
Together, they begin to revolt against the younger man, and reassert their own independence.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 176 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/06/2006
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780141188485