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The best book by America's best author- indeed my favorite book.
In the first section of the book, Oates jumps around too much and there are few clues as to when the events were happening.
Oates's skill at putting herself in the shoes of virtually every type of character imaginable is simply astonishing.
The book opens with the brutal murder of a 'trailer trash' youth in 1950s upstate New York. Two people know something about it: teenagers Iris Courtney (white) and Jinx Fairchild... Read morePublished on September 19, 2012 by sally tarbox
Yup, folks, it's all here.
I forget who it was that asked whether it was possible that The Great American Novel be written by a woman. I submit this as evidence. Read more
This is an incredibly haunting book. It examines the complex
interactions and experiences that go into creating our core
selves. Read more
This book gets one star for the development of certain characters in the story (Iris's mother, Jinx Fairchild). However, this was one of the most boring books I have ever read. Read morePublished on December 10, 2005 by Michie
JCO was on a radio talk show promoting this book and I heard her read from the poem she got the title from. So there. Read morePublished on May 28, 2004
I couldn't finish the book. Bad. And like the reviewer below I was disturbed that the title was taken from the Stephen Crane poem with no mention of him. Read morePublished on May 28, 2004
This book was ok. I bought it because the title was a direct quote from a stephen crane poem. Why no attribution anywhere to crane? Read morePublished on September 11, 2003 by Paul C. Sutton
This is a serious novel that peers into the cerebral workings of people in a time long gone by. If you're looking for loud, brash, or goofy-acting characters (as so many seem to... Read morePublished on October 17, 2002
As a former subject of racism and violence in my life I can relate to all of the characters in this book. Read morePublished on May 23, 2002 by GoMeZ