You Must Remember this

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Perennial Library, 1988 - Fiction - 436 pages
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An epic novel of an American family in the 1950s proves the tender division between what is permissible and what is taboo, between ordinary life and the secret places of the heart.

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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

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Compulsively readable, hard to get through (purposefully) in the middle passages, ultimately satisfying and mystifying. I'd like to return to it later in life to see how it evolves. Covers a lot of ground for something so seemingly straightforward. Read full review

Contents

PROLOGUE
5
THE GREEN ISLAND
13
ROMANCE I 53
137
Copyright

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Joyce Carol Oates was born on June 16, 1938 in Lockport, New York. She received a bachelor's degree in English from Syracuse University and a master's degree in English from the University of Wisconsin. She is the author of numerous novels and collections of short stories. Her works include We Were the Mulvaneys, Blonde, Bellefleur, You Must Remember This, Because It Is Bitter, Because It Is My Heart, Solstice, Marya : A Life, and Give Me Your Heart. She has received numerous awards including the National Book Award for Them, the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, and the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Lifetime Achievement in American Literature. She was a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction with her title Lovely, Dark, Deep. She also wrote a series of suspense novels under the pseudonym Rosamond Smith. In 2015, her novel The Accursed became listed as a bestseller on the iBooks chart. She worked as a professor of English at the University of Windsor, before becoming the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Princeton University. She and her late husband Raymond J. Smith operated a small press and published a literary magazine, The Ontario Review.

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