Broke heart blues: a novel

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Dutton, 1999 - Fiction - 369 pages
14 Reviews
Brando. Dean. John Reddy Heart is fight up there among them -- at least in the eyes of the residents of Willowsville, New York. The handsome young heart-throb begins his bad boy career at sixteen, the night that a man is murdered in his mother's house. Was John Reddy protecting her from rape or covering up her crime, or is he actually innocent? It may not matter -- the minute the manhunt starts, the second the sensational trial begins, John Reddy Heart is front-page news, celebrated in song, and well on his way to becoming a small town's obsession.

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Review: Broke Heart Blues

User Review  - Kate - Goodreads

I thought this book was delicious. It latched on to the sentiments and perceptions of an era and dragged a multitude of characters through it. I could imagine my Mom in her high school bedroom or her friends at a 30th reunion right alongside this crew. Did NOT want the story to end. Read full review

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User Review  - Angela - Goodreads

This is my second attempt to read this book. I'm more interested in it this time than previously, but it's still hard to get through. Not my favorite book by this author. Read full review

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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 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 also reads and lectures widely throughout the US, at universities and bookstores.

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