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Perennial Library, Aug 1, 1988 - Fiction - 436 pages
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An epic novel of an American family in the 1950s proves the tender division between what is permissible and what is taboo, between ordinary life and the secret places of the heart.

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The only thing I did enjoy was the usual Oates-prose. - Goodreads
Plot is underutilized in strengthening the theme. - Goodreads
It had its moments, including some beautiful writing. - Goodreads
Three star rating for the prose only. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Albert Brennamin - Goodreads

This mid-length novel details the lives of Enid, Felix and Lyle Stevick very well, weaving them together in violent, explicit and tragic ways to show a tapestry of life in America's “golden years ... Read full review

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User Review  - Carol Storm - Goodreads

What kills this novel is that Joyce Carol Oates never achieves a consistent viewpoint about her characters. It's not like STUDS LONIGAN by James T. Farrell, where the author openly hates the ... Read full review



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Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Book Award, and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, and has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including the national bestsellers "We Were the Mulvaneys"; "Blonde", which was nominated for the National Book Award; and the "New York Times" bestseller "The Falls", which won the 2005 Prix Femina. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978. In 2003 she received the Commonwealth Award for Distinguished Service in Literature, and in 2006 she received the Chicago Tribune Lifetime Achievement Award.