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Terrorist

by John Updike

Terrorist by John Updike
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    Jun 2006, 320 pages
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    May 2007, 320 pages

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“Cheer up, Ahmad,” she teases him. “Things can’t be so bad.” She rolls her half-bare shoulder, lifting it as if to shrug, to show she is being playful.

“They’re not bad,” he says. “I’m not sad,” he tells her. His long body tingles under his clothes—white shirt, narrow-legged black jeans—from the shower after track practice.

“You’re looking way serious,” she tells him. “You should learn to smile more.”

“Why? Why should I, Joryleen?”

“People will like you more.”

“I don’t care about that. I don’t want to be liked.”

Excerpted from Terrorist by John Updike Copyright © 2006 by John Updike. Excerpted by permission of Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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