- Publisher: Fawcett, 1975; First Edition edition (1975)
- ASIN: B000GQQPWU
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,373,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Anything by Oates will challenge and entertain the reader. She's a masterful storyteller who crafts characters so real the book fairly vibrates with their breath. Oates doesn't write shallow, mind-candy books. Each of hers (and she has written an impressive number) can be read on a number of levels. When you sit down with Oates, you're in fine company.
The present comes from 1975, early in her career and it is not good. There is a lot of prose wasted on three not very interesting characters, and even worse it is a slow and sometimes boring read, taking ages to read with little reward. The story involves the assassination - very briefly - of a young and ambitious politician, and then it presents three portraits of three different family members including the widow. The characters are not that interesting and Oates write on and on, when less would have been far better.
Oates is known for her emotional and dramatic stories, often with women caught in stressful situations, and often set in her native upstate New York. That is missing here and frankly you can skip this book and mark it up to Oates learning her craft. It deserves less but I gave it 4 stars.