You must remember this
Joyce Carol Oates's epic novel of an American family in the 1950's probes the tender division between the permissible and the forbidden, between ordinary life and the secret places of the heart. Set in an industrial, working-class town in upstate New York, this book chronicles the frustrating marriage of parents Lyle and Hannah; the idealistic political journey of son Warren, and the passionate, obsessive relationship that develops between 15-year-old Enid Maria and her uncle Felix, a professional boxer twice her age. While brilliantly re-creating a decade that worshipped conformity, "You Must Remember This" presents the lives of family members that break every convention in the search for meaning and fulfillment.
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You Must Remember This by Joyce Carol Oates; (4 1/2*) I was completely blown away by this book. I have always appreciated Oates' short stories but until this book her only novel I had read was We Were ... Read full review
I love JCO, always have and always will. This was awful though--i quit reading it when Warren rescued the crazy Miriam chick or whoever it was. The subject matter at first did not put me off, but as Enid kept falling crazier in lust with her uncle I got to where I couldn't stomach anymore of it. I think JCO was trying to do too many things at once, plus I don't think she researched the effects of sexual abuse and incest well enough. Her short stories, particularly from the 60s, are excellent, and short stories are what I wish she'd stick to. This was the third novel of hers I've tried to read (the slly Assassins and the choppy Bellefleur being the other two)/I will not being reading another one of her novels--i'll stick to her short stories from now on.