Black Water by Joyce Carol OatesThe Pulitzer Prize-nominated novel from the author of the New York Times bestselling novel We Were the Mulvaneys
Joyce Carol Oates has taken a shocking story that has become an American myth and, from it, has created a novel of electrifying power and illumination. Kelly Kelleher is an idealistic, twenty-six-year-old “good girl” when she meets the Senator at a Fourth of July party. In a brilliantly woven narrative, we enter her past and her present, her mind and her body as she is fatally attracted to this older man, this hero, this soon-to-be-lover. Kelly becomes the very embodiment of the vulnerable, romantic dreams of bright and brave women, drawn to the power that certain men command—at a party that takes on the quality of a surreal nightmare; in a tragic car ride that we hope against hope will not end as we know it must end. One of the acknowledged masters of American fiction, Joyce Carol Oates has written a bold tour de force that parts the black water to reveal the profoundest depths of human truth.
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Oates has more knives to throw before bringing this harrowing tale to a close—but she saves the sharpest one for the very last page. Dinah Whitcomb has everything: a loving husband and a smart young son named Robbie. The kidnapper, a reverend named Chester Cash, aka Daddy Love, has for years abducted, tortured, and raped young boys. As Robbie grows older he becomes more aware of just how monstrous Daddy Love truly is. Somewhere within this tortured boy lies a spark of rebellion.
It was first published by Vanguard in and it won the U. National Book Award for Fiction in Many years and many awards later, Oates surmised that them and Blonde were the works she will most be remembered for, and would most want a new reader to select, though she added that "I could as easily have chosen a number of titles. In the foreword to the book, Oates writes that, for the most part, them is based upon a real family. Saying that "the novel practically wrote itself," Oates organized the story and recast it as fiction, but at certain points she revised the text to include "Maureen Wendall's" words verbatim.
Blonde is a bestselling historical novel by Joyce Carol Oates that chronicles the inner life of Marilyn Monroe.
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