Rape: A Love Story

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Carroll & Graf, 2004 - Fiction - 154 pages
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Haunting and moving, this short but powerful novel explores sexual violence and its aftermath. On her way home from a party, Teena Maguire is beaten, gang raped, and left for dead in the park, all of which is witnessed by her 12-year-old daughter Bethie. Now Teena can only regret that she survived, and Bethie is left to take care of her mother in her fragile state as the investigation and trial unfold. Alternating viewpoints are employed to narrate this horrific story, and redemption is finally offered thanks to a young police officer who knows the meaning of justice and love. "Inquietante y conmovedora, esta breve pero poderosa novela explora la violencia sexual y sus efectos. De regreso a su casa despues de una fiesta, Teena Maguire es golpeada, violada y dejada por muerta en un parque, todo lo cual lo ha presenciado su hija de 12 anos, Bethie. Ahora a Teena le queda solo lamentar el haber sobrevivido, y Bethie queda encargada de cuidar a su mama debil durante la investigacion y el juicio. Diferentes puntos de vista son empleados para narrar esta horrenda historia, y un joven policia que conoce el significado de la justicia y del amor es quien finalmente ofrece un poco de redencion."

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Struck me as an especially skillful writing exercise. - Goodreads
Unsatisfying ending, in my opinion. - Goodreads
Such a strong prose novella from Joyce Carol Oates. - Goodreads
It's also a wondrous love story. - Goodreads
tough read but great writing. - Goodreads
Unexpected ending - very cool. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Martina - Goodreads

Sizzlingly brutal! Sometimes less than masterful, even maudlin, but ultimately, a satisfying page turner. Read full review

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User Review  - Miranda - Goodreads

This was incredibly powerful. It's dark, it's gripping, it's emotional, and it's beautifully written. Read full review

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Joyce Carol Oates is the author of more than 70 books, including novels, short story collections, plays, poetry volumes, and criticisms. She has been awarded both the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award and has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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