American appetites

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Perennial Library, 1989 - Fiction - 340 pages
11 Reviews
Set in an affluent upper-class suburb in the late 1980s, this chilling tale by master storyteller Joyce Carol Oates reveals the dark side of the American Dream. A close-knit group of friends draws closer, and then apart, when scandal and tragedy erupt among them.

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Review: American Appetites

User Review  - Debbie - Goodreads

Joyce Carol Oates is one of my favorite authors. I love her writing. This was a good book overall but didn't entice me at the same level as many of her other works. Read full review

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User Review  - Ellen - Goodreads

The audio book version is presented as a radio play, with sound effects and a variety of good actors including Dan Lauria and Liza Weil. Some Joyce Carol Oates I like a lot, some I don't. This one falls into the "like" category, and it was not a lot of work, unlike some of her novels. 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.