Rabbit Remembered
Rabbit Remembered is a 2001 novella
A novella is a written, fictional, prose narrative usually longer than a novelette but shorter than a novel. The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Nebula Awards for science fiction define the novella as having a word count between 17,500 and 40,000...

 by John Updike
John Updike
John Hoyer Updike was an American novelist, poet, short story writer, art critic, and literary critic....

, and a sequel to his "Rabbit" series. It first appeared in his collection of short fiction titled Licks of Love.

Set in late 1999, it concerns itself with the interjection of the now deceased Harry Angstrom's illegitimate daughter, Annabelle, into the life of his middle-aged son Nelson, now separated from his wife Pru. Other key characters from the Rabbit series appear: Janice, Harry's widow who has married Harry's old nemesis Ronnie Harrison; Judy, Harry's granddaughter, now nineteen, who is planning to become a stewardess; and his fourteen-year-old grandson Roy, with whom Nelson communicates over email.

Annabelle, a few months after the death of her mother Ruth, appears at Janice's house to introduce herself. While Janice is not particularly receptive to her and Ronnie is hostile, Nelson enthusiastically welcomes the chance to get to know his sister. They have several lunches and get to know one another. Nelson invites her to Thanksgiving dinner, but it does not go well. Ronnie, who had an affair with Ruth before Harry did, asks Annabelle how it feels to be "the bastard child of a whore and a bum?" This prompts Nelson to move out of the house he has been sharing with his mother and step-father.

Nelson and Annabelle, along with Pru and an old friend of Nelson, see the film American Beauty
American Beauty (film)
American Beauty is a 1999 American drama film directed by Sam Mendes and written by Alan Ball. Kevin Spacey stars as Lester Burnham, a middle-aged magazine writer who has a midlife crisis when he becomes infatuated with his teenage daughter's best friend, Angela...

. During the discussion that follows, Annabelle reveals that she was sexually abused by her stepfather as a teenager. The novella ends with the hope that Nelson and Pru may reconcile.
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