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'Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?': Joyce Carol Oates (Women Writers: Texts and Contexts) Paperback – November 1, 1994

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Product Details

  • Series: Women Writers: Texts and Contexts
  • Paperback: 178 pages
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press (November 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813521351
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813521350
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #714,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this book for my literature class - it was excellent, my first time reading Oates and I most definately recommend her if you are interested in literature (or even if you're not - the background of her short story is interesting - based on a real-life serial killer in Arizona). The critical essays in the back of the book are invaluable, so if you are looking to write a research paper this is a fanstastic purchase!
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The price is a little bit much for this short story that you can find online, but otherwise still a really compelling coming-of-age story.

What this book offers, however, is just a couple of papers of critique on the book and what Oates meant by some of the events in the book.

I needed this for a class, but I don't mind keeping it. Still a good buy.
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Arnold Friend for the short story "Where are you going, where have you been" is first introduced in the story as boy with shaggy black hair, driving a convertible car, giving Connie a grin, waiving his finger at her and saying "gonna get you, baby." This leads you to believe that he is just one of the guys out on the town looking to meet girls. At this point in the story you are not really thinking any more than just that as the story turns to talk about the rest of the night Connie had. However, things change one Sunday for Connie when she decides to stay home alone instead of attending a barbeque with the rest of her family.
She wasn't home alone for very long when she heard a car pull up. When she went to the front door to see who it was, she was very taken back when she learned that it was the guy from the car the other night. He got out and said "I ain't late, am I?" Connie reminded him that she had no idea who he was. That is when he told her it was Arnold Friend and that it was also painted on the side of his car, and he was there to be her friend. Arnold tried to get Connie to go for a ride with him and his friend Ellie who had a radio that they were listening to Bobby King. Arnold knew that Connie liked Bobby King. However Connie was still taken by the fact that he knew what her name was. She questioned him as to why he even knew what her name was, and to her surprise he knew what all of her friends names were, and what her family's names were, and actually where they were at that very moment. Connie was quite frightened by this.
Connie moved from the front steps back into the house and continued to try to get Arnold to leave, talking to him through the screen door. Arnold at this point was out of his car and leaning on the front of his car.
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picked up as a reading for my Contemporary Literature class. I like having the extra writing/essays to review. Bought used-got a great buy and book in excellent shape
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