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; a baby, Germaine - the heroine of the novel - and her parents, Leah and Gideon. Written with a voluptuousness and immediacy unusual even for Oates, "Bellefleur" is widely regarded as one of her masterworks.
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Review: Bellefleur (The Gothic Saga #1)User Review - Candace - Goodreads
Amazing! One of those books to climb inside and live within, and then, when you reach the end, you wonder what you'll do with yourself now. Gothic, magical realism … reminds me a bit of Mark Helprin's Winter's Tale and also a bit of Anne Rice's The Witching Hour. Loved it! Read full review
Review: Bellefleur (The Gothic Saga #1)User Review - Marehaven - Goodreads
I love mystical stories but I feel like this book was a waste of my time. The 1st chapter hooked me, I eagerly read and read... and read. I lost my enthusiasm well before the end of the book and it's ... Read full review