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  •  Joyce Carol Oates is a she (2+ / 0-)
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    Diana in NoVa, Monsieur Georges

    and a winner of the National Book Award.  It is about a very dysfunctional family growing up in Detroit and its suburbs, and each of the children's lives and how they turn out as adults.  The oldest, discovers through his mother's deathbed confession, that he is not his father's child, but of a man his father shot to death in the arms of his mother the night he was conceived.  It is a very traumatic book, about impoverished 'white trash' people whose lives are lived on the margins and which become entangled in the Watts riots of the 1960's.  Absolutely heartbreaking.

    "Kossacks are held to a higher standard. Like Hebrew National hot dogs." - blueaardvark

    by louisev on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 10:47:53 AM PST

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    •  LOL! I meant, I avoid reading King's work but he (0+ / 0-)

      seems to be a nice person.

      That said, the story you describe sounds like a real downer.  Every time I read a book I ask myself, am I better or worse off for having read this?  If I read that Oates book I'd consider myself worse off.

      Thanks for the summary!  Have a great rest of the day.

      "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

      by Diana in NoVa on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 12:30:24 PM PST

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