Throughout this book, Updike appears to be confronting his own mortality. It is, in fact, more than anything else, a meditation on aging and the ending of life and it is interesting that Updike chose to revisit his "witches" and provide readers with a woman's perspective of this poignant, and sometimes bitter, closure. As the book opens, all three of the witches have become widows. They are alone, each one uniquely confronting the fear and solitude of life's closing. During the early part of the book, they travel together, becoming reacquainted with one another. Updike's commentary on the frustrations and disappointments often associated with travel are sometimes entertaining but, frankly, often seem irrelevant. Ultimately, the witches return to Eastwick and find it, like all else in life, changed in a way that leaves them isolated, out of touch and largely ignored. Updike's writing is so very fine that it is easy to lose sight of the fact that this is far from his best work. Even so, it is, in my opinion, worth reading. He was a remarkable writer.