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Black Water - Joyce Carol Oates
Black Water
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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... show more
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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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780452269866 (0452269865)
ASIN: B002A4DW7W
Publisher: Plume
Pages no: 160
Edition language: English
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Conner's Books & Reviews rated it
3.0 Black Water
I had never heard of the Chappaquiddick Incident or Joyce Carol Oates before this book, and since the subject didn't really interest me it probably wasn't the best choice for me to read out of this author's sprawling literary bibliography. But while I was never enamored with the story being told, (a...
Lisa (Harmony)
Lisa (Harmony) rated it
2.0 Black Water
In July of 1969, a car drove off a bridge into the tidal waters of Chappaquiddick in Massachusetts--taking the life of Mary Jo Kopechne and with it the presidential aspirations of Senator Ted Kennedy. A blurb on the back of Black Water from the Los Angeles Times calls the book "the ballad of Chappaq...
riley
riley rated it
This seems to be Oates attempt to tell a story purely of someone's life flashing before their eyes. It is loosely - and clearly - based on an incident that happened to a certain member of the Kennedys and a girl he was pursuing an affair with, but that's really neither here nor there. The novella ju...
NinthWanderer
NinthWanderer rated it
Black Water is a haunting narrative of the final moments of Kelly Kelleher, a young woman whose impulsive decision to pursue her attraction to an older man leads to her death in a car accident. Kelleher, of course, is a stand-in for Mary Jo Kopechne, the young woman who lost her life in a car accide...
so many books, so little time
so many books, so little time rated it
0.0 Black Water
I've removed my rating for this book after Joyce Carol Oates wondered on Twitter if the murdered cartoonists of Charlie Hebdo committed "hate crimes." This is so deeply offensive as well as ... yes, hateful, that I'm unable to consider her writing apart from her statements.
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