Because it is bitter, and because it is my heart

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Dutton, 1990 - Fiction - 405 pages
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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

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Nevertheless, the prose is powerful. - Goodreads
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Review: Because it is Bitter, and Because it is My Heart

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I have my doubts about this book... from the dated and floral formal qualities to a white woman writing so provocatively about black people and in particular their sexuality in a way i found ... Read full review

Review: Because it is Bitter, and Because it is My Heart

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This ambitious novel begins with a murder committed in self-defense, one that haunts its only witness, Iris Courtney through the coming years. It also links her in an inexplicable way to the ... Read full review

Contents

The Body
3
Torsion
119
Ceremony 267
341
Copyright

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Midamerica, Volumes 17-19

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About the author (1990)

Joyce Carol Oates was born in 1938 in Upstate, New York. She attended Syracuse University and graduated as Valedictorian. She then attended University of Wisconsin where she earned an M. A. By the time she was 47 years old, she had published at least that many separate books, including 16 full-length novels and more than a dozen collections of short stories. Some of her works were done under the pseudonym Rosamund Smith. She has also written numerous poems collected in several volumes, at least three plays, many critical essays, and articles and reviews on various subjects while fulfilling her obligations as a professor of English at the University of Windsor, where with her husband Raymond Smith she edited the Ontario Review, which the couple has continued since moving to Princeton in 1978. She has earned a reputation as indubitably one of our most prolific writers and very likely one of our best. Her fiction alone demonstrates considerable variety, ranging from direct naturalism to complex experiments in form. However, what chiefly makes her work her own is a quality of psychological realism, an uncanny ability to bring to the surface an underlying sense of foreboding or a threat of violence that seems to lurk just around the corner from the everyday domestic lives she depicts so realistically. Her first six novels, including Them (1969), which won the National Book Award, express these qualities in varying ways. she is also the recipient of an NEA grant, a Guggenheim fellowship, the PEN/Malamud Lifetime Achievement Award, and the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Lifetime Achievement in American Literature. She resides in New Jersey.

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