A wealthy and notorious clan, the Bellefleurs live in a region not unlike the Adirondacks, in an enormous mansion on the shores of mythic Lake Noir. They own vast lands and profitable businesses, they employ their neighbors, and they influence the government. A prolific and eccentric group, they include several millionaires; a mass murderer; a spiritual seeker who climbs into the mountains looking for God; a wealthy noctambulist who dies of a chicken scratch; a baby, Germaine - the heroine of the novel - and her parents, Leah and Gideon. Written with a voluptuousness and immediacy unusual even for Oates, "Bellefleur" is widely regarded as one of her masterworks.
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Review: Bellefleur (The Gothic Saga #1)User Review - Jenn L - Goodreads
This woman writes like water flows. At the beginning of the book, almost 600 pages, I warned Joyce that this better all be for a good reason and boy, did she pull through. Her depth of character is chilling and their intricate weaving among each other in the story is seamless. I loved this book. Read full review
Review: Bellefleur (The Gothic Saga #1)User Review - Claire - Goodreads
Circular time, crimes, repetitions of names, references to real events and politicians - this is a Gothic epic in the style of 100 Years of Solitude or The House of the Spirits. I wanted to like it ... Read full review