You must remember this
Joyce Carol Oates's epic novel of an American family in the 1950's probes the tender division between the permissible and the forbidden, between ordinary life and the secret places of the heart. Set in an industrial, working-class town in upstate New York, this book chronicles the frustrating marriage of parents Lyle and Hannah; the idealistic political journey of son Warren, and the passionate, obsessive relationship that develops between 15-year-old Enid Maria and her uncle Felix, a professional boxer twice her age. While brilliantly re-creating a decade that worshipped conformity, "You Must Remember This" presents the lives of family members that break every convention in the search for meaning and fulfillment.
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He had thrown away a fair amount of money years ago betting on old Joe Louis
against Rocky Marciano because he ... And that was it, that was the end of Jersey
Joe Walcott: the greatest fight Felix Stevick had ever seen but fuck it he'd had ...
Felix had liked to make himself slightly ill contemplating the picture, imagining
what Walcott had felt and knowing until ... so crude a fighter could slug his way to
the top: a Marciano supplanting Jersey Joe Walcott, Ezzard Charles, Joe Louis!
He tried to imagine what it had meant, Jersey Joe Walcott winning the
heavyweight title at the age of thirty-seven from Ezzard Charles seven years
younger, but he really couldn't imagine. It was as if he'd never boxed at all. He
didn't know ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LynnB - LibraryThing
A deep, moving and fascinating portrayal of a family in the mid-1950s. Ms. Oates is a very good writer and she is really able to evoke a sense of time and place. Most importantly, she gives us complex ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - rainpebble - LibraryThing
You Must Remember This by Joyce Carol Oates; (4 1/2*) I was completely blown away by this book. I have always appreciated Oates' short stories but until this book her only novel I had read was We Were ... Read full review