What I lived for

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Plume, 1995 - Fiction - 608 pages
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At forty-two, Jerome Corcoran - "Corky" to his friends and associates - is by all appearances a successful real estate developer and broker, a city councilman with a promising future in local politics, a genuine ladies' man, and all-around great guy. His big house, fifteen-hundred-dollar suits, and the ridiculously large tips he hands out all over town reassure him that he's put plenty of distance between himself and the family history (which includes a murdered father and raving mad mother) he'd rather forget. Corky may think that his inauspicious beginnings on Irish Hill, one of Union City's shabbier neighborhoods, are now far behind him, but over the course of Memorial Day Weekend 1992, that precious illusion, along with several others, will be completely shattered. In the long list of Corky's women, only one looms larger for him than his own appetites and self-interest: Thalia, his rebellious, radicalized step-daughter from his failed marriage. It is she who will become the agent of his undoing as a complex drama of corruption, blackmail, and political scandal climaxes in an act of explosive violence.

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User Review  - Dawn M - Goodreads

What is this book even about? The main plot-line is so muddled by the ramblings of the protagonist, Corky Corcoran (such a narcistic, sex-driven a-hole), that it was hard for me to follow. The reader ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jim Craig - Goodreads

Impressive how a female author so convincingly thinks herself into the mind of a macho male! Read full review


December 24 1959December 27 1959
nicest guy in union city new york
hes here now but hes leaving

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Joyce Carol Oates is one of our most important and well known writers-and one of America's foremost writers of the short story form. She publishes at least one new book every year: a story collection, Dear Husband, is appearing in March '09, and a novella, A Fair Maiden, in May '09. She is also a regular contributor of reviews and criticism for the New York Times Book Review, The New York Review of Books, and elsewhere. She is presently editing a volume of Shirley Jackson's fiction for the Library of America. She also reads and lectures widely throughout the U. S., at universities and bookstores.

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