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Oates, Joyce Carol 1938-

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We were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates( Book )

71 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 5,090 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A family of six disintegrates after a daughter is raped by a high-school student. It happens to the wealthy Mulvaneys in upstate New York. The disgrace--there is some question if it was rape--sends the father to drink and financial ruin, the girl leaves home, the others follow. By the author of What I Lived For
Them by Joyce Carol Oates( Book )

131 editions published between 1969 and 2015 in 11 languages and held by 3,400 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel about class, race, and the horrific, glassy sparkle of urban life, them chronicles the lives of the Wendalls, a family on the steep edge of poverty in the windy, riotous Detroit slums. Loretta, beautiful and dreamy and full of regret by age sixteen, and her two children, Maureen and Jules, make up Oates' vision of the American fam-ily--broken, marginal, and romantically proud. The novel's title, pointedly uncapitalized, refers to those Americans who inhabit the outskirts of society--men and women, mothers and children--whose lives many authors in the 1960s had left unexamined
The gravedigger's daughter : a novel by Joyce Carol Oates( Book )

61 editions published between 2007 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 3,253 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The daughter of a German high school teacher who was forced to work as a gravedigger after immigrating to upstate New York, Rebecca begins a life-changing pilgrim
Black water by Joyce Carol Oates( Book )

66 editions published between 1992 and 2011 in 7 languages and held by 3,183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Flattered by the attentions of a senator she has met at a Fourth of July beach party on Grayling Island, Kelly Kelleher accepts a ride from him, taking a first step toward her final confrontation with death
The falls : a novel by Joyce Carol Oates( Book )

46 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and Swedish and held by 2,994 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A stunning, major achievement from Joyce Carol Oates, "one of the great artistic forces of our time" (The Nation). A haunting story of the powerful spell Niagara Falls casts upon two generations of a family, leading to tragedy, love, loss, and, ultimately, redemption. A man climbs over the railings and plunges into Niagara Falls. A newlywed, he has left behind his wife, Ariah Erskine, in the honeymoon suite the morning after their wedding. "The Widow Bride of The Falls," as Ariah comes to be known, begins a relentless, seven-day vigil in the mist, waiting for his body to be found. At her side throughout, confirmed bachelor and pillar of the community Dirk Burnaby is unexpectedly transfixed by the strange, otherworldly gaze of this plain, strange woman, falling in love with her though they barely exchange a word. What follows is their passionate love affair, marriage, and children, a seemingly perfect existence. But the tragedy by which their life together began shadows them, damaging their idyll with distrust, greed, and even murder. What unfurls is a drama of parents and their children; of secrets and sins; of lawsuits, murder, and, eventually, redemption. As Ariah's children learn that their past is enmeshed with a hushed-up scandal involving radioactive waste, they must confront not only their personal history but America's murky past: the despoiling of the landscape, and the corruption and greed of the massive industrial expansion of the 1950s and 1960s. Set against the mythic-historic backdrop of Niagara Falls, Joyce Carol Oates explores the American family in crisis, but also America itself in the mid-twentieth century. As in We Were the Mulvaneys, a "darkly engrossing novel" (Washington Post Book World), she examines what happens when the richly interwoven relationships of parents and their children are challenged by circumstances outside the family. The Falls is a love story gone wrong and righted, and it alone places Joyce Carol Oates definitively in the company of the great American novelists
Blonde : a novel by Joyce Carol Oates( Book )

102 editions published between 1999 and 2015 in 10 languages and held by 2,890 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

T.O.C.: Prologue: 3 August 1962 / The Child: 1932-1938 / The Girl: 1942-1947 / The Woman: 1949-1953 / "Marilyn": 1953-1958 / The Afterlife: 1959-1962
Little bird of heaven : a novel by Joyce Carol Oates( Book )

65 editions published between 2009 and 2015 in 8 languages and held by 2,832 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When a young wife and mother named Zoe Kruller is found brutally murdered, the Sparta police target two primary suspects, her estranged husband, Delray Kruller, and her longtime lover, Eddy Diehl. In turn, the Krullers' son, Aaron, and Eddy Diehl's daughter, Krista, become obsessed with each other, each believing the other's father is guilty until they meet again as adults, ready to exorcise the ghosts of the past and come to terms with their legacy of guilt, misplaced love, and redemptive yearning
Bellefleur by Joyce Carol Oates( Book )

76 editions published between 1980 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 2,812 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A wealthy and notorious clan, the Bellefleurs live in a region not unlike the Adirondacks, in an enormous mansion on the shores of mythic Lake Noir. They own vast lands and profitable businesses, they employ their neighbors, and they influence the government. A prolific and eccentric group, they include several millionaires, a mass murderer, a spiritual seeker who climbs into the mountains looking for God, a wealthy noctambulist who dies of a chicken scratch. Bellefleur traces the lives of several generations of this unusual family. At its center is Gideon Bellefleur and his imperious, somewhat psychic, very beautiful wife, Leah, their three children (one with frightening psychic abilities), and the servants and relatives, living and dead, who inhabit the mansion and its environs. Their story offers a profound look at the world's changeableness, time and eternity, space and soul, pride and physicality versus love. Bellefleur is an allegory of caritas versus cupiditas, love and selflessness versus pride and selfishness. It is a novel of change, baffling complexity, mystery
The Oxford book of American short stories by Joyce Carol Oates( Book )

19 editions published between 1992 and 2013 in English and held by 2,728 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collection of fifty-six American short stories that includes biographical information about each author
Because it is bitter, and because it is my heart by Joyce Carol Oates( Book )

31 editions published between 1990 and 1992 in English and Swedish and held by 2,700 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Iris Courtney, a young white woman living in upstate New York in the decade prior to the civil rights movement, begins a clandestine relationship with Jinx Fairchild, a black man who had defended her in a fatal street fight with a white man
Missing mom : a novel by Joyce Carol Oates( Book )

51 editions published between 2005 and 2015 in 8 languages and held by 2,663 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the aftermath of her mother's death, thirty-one-year-old Nikki Eaton comes into a startling realization of her identity as a daughter and experiences a tumultuous year of mourning that gives way to greater wisdom and love
You must remember this by Joyce Carol Oates( Book )

39 editions published between 1987 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 2,652 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of the Stevicks, an ordinary American family of the 1950s, revealing the sleeping furies that are hidden beneath the respectable surface
The accursed by Joyce Carol Oates( Book )

17 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 2,643 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 20th century Princeton, New Jersey, a powerful curse, which besets the wealthiest of families, causes the disappearance of a young bride, and when her brother sets out to find her, he crosses paths with the town's most formidable people, including Grover Cleveland and Upton Sinclair
Foxfire : confessions of a girl gang by Joyce Carol Oates( Book )

48 editions published between 1993 and 2014 in English and French and held by 2,620 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Legs Sadovsky leads a girl gang called Foxfire during 1955 in her upstate New York hometown
Mudwoman by Joyce Carol Oates( Book )

46 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 2,482 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

M.R. Neukirchen--the first female president of a lauded Ivy League institution--struggles to hold onto her self-identity in the face of personal and professional demons
Black girl/white girl : a novel by Joyce Carol Oates( Book )

32 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 2,438 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Remembering Minette Swift, the talented, assertive, 19-year-old African-American girl enrolled as a scholarship student in an exclusive, mostly white liberal arts college near Philadelphia who died under mysterious circumstances fifteen years earlier, Genna, her former roommate, begins an unofficial inquiry into her death. As she reconstructs their tumultuous freshman year at the college in race-torn 1960s Philadelphia, Genna is led also to reconstruct her life as the daughter of a famous "radical-hippie-lawyer" of the 1960s
A garden of earthly delights by Joyce Carol Oates( Book )

74 editions published between 1966 and 2012 in 10 languages and held by 2,409 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The book describes the early life of Clara Walpole, the daughter of a migrant farm worker; her life after she leaves her father; her romance with a rum-runner; and her marriage to a rich man, whom she convinces is the father of her illegitimate baby. The final part of the novel deals with the childhood and adolescence of Swan, the son
Big Mouth & Ugly Girl by Joyce Carol Oates( Book )

43 editions published between 2002 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 2,340 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When sixteen-year-old Matt is falsely accused of threatening to blow up his high school and his friends turn against him, an unlikely classmate comes to his aid
My sister, my love : the intimate story of Skyler Rampike by Joyce Carol Oates( Book )

36 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 2,322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The unexpurgated first-person narrative of nineteen-year-old Skyler Rampike, the only surviving child of an infamous American family. A decade ago the Rampikes were destroyed by the murder of Skyler's six-year-old ice-skating champion sister, Bliss, and the media scrutiny that followed. Part investigation into the unsolved murder; part elegy for the lost Bliss and for Skyler's own lost childhood; and part corrosively funny expose of the pretensions of upper-middle-class American suburbia, this captivating novel explores with unexpected sympathy and subtlety the intimate lives of those who dwell in Tabloid Hell
Wonderland; a novel by Joyce Carol Oates( Book )

63 editions published between 1971 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 2,316 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

[This novel] is a fascinating story of a doctor from his poor childhood in NY State during the depression through the end of the 1960's... This is a study of one human being and the torments he endures at the hands of others as he grows up, and how it damages his personality. However, Jesse seemingly prevails, and by the novel's end shows us that the human spirit is never completely extinguished. --Jack M. Walter and a customer at
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We were the Mulvaneys
Alternative Names

controlled identityFernandes, 1938-

controlled identityKelly, Lauren, 1938-

controlled identitySmith, Rosamond, 1938-

Briao, Fernandes de 1938-


Fernandes 1938-

Fernandes de Briao 1938-

Joyce Carol 1938-

Joyce Carol Oates Amerikaans auteur

Joyce Carol Oates écrivain américaine

Joyce Carol Oates pisarka amerykańska

Joyce Carol Oates scrittrice statunitense

Joyce Carol Oates US-amerikanische Schriftstellerin

Joyce Carol Oatesová

Jūyis Kārūl Ūvts, 1938-

Kelly, Lauren.

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Oates , J. C.

Oates, Joyce C. 1938-

Oates, Joyce Carol

Oatesová, Joyce Carol.

Oatesová, Joyce Carol 1938-

Oouts, Tzois Karol 1938-

Ōtsu, Joisu Kyaroru 1938-

Outs, D. K. 1938-

Outs, D.K. (Dzhoĭs Kėrol), 1938-

Outs, Dzhoĭs Kėrol 1938-

Outs, Džojs Kèrol.

Outs, Džojs Kėrol 1938-

Outsa, Džoisa Kerola, 1938-

Smith, Joyce Carol Oates.

Smith, Joyce Carol Oates 1938-

Smith , Rosamond

Smith, Rosamond 1938-

Smith, Rosamond pseud. de Joyce Carol Oates

Ūvts, Jūyis Kārūl, 1938-

Джойс Каръл Оутс

Джойс Керол Оутс

Джойс Кэрал Оўтс

Оутс, Džойс Кэрол 1938-

Оутс, Д. К. 1938-

Оутс, Джойс Кэрол

Оутс, Джойс Кэрол, 1938-

אוטס, ג׳ויס קרול 1938-

ג'ויס קרול אוטס

جويس كارول أوتس

جویس کارول اوتس


जोयस केरल ओट्स

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오츠, 조이스 캐럴 1938-

오츠, 조이스 캐롤 1938-

오츠, 죠이스 캐롤 1938-

オーツ, J. C

オーツ, ジョイス・キャロル



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