What I lived for

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Dutton, 1994 - Fiction - 608 pages
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At forty-two, Jerome Corcoran - "Corky" to his friends and associates - is by all appearances a successful real estate developer and broker, a city councilman with a promising future in local politics, a genuine ladies' man, and all-around great guy. His big house, fifteen-hundred-dollar suits, and the ridiculously large tips he hands out all over town reassure him that he's put plenty of distance between himself and the family history (which includes a murdered father and raving mad mother) he'd rather forget. Corky may think that his inauspicious beginnings on Irish Hill, one of Union City's shabbier neighborhoods, are now far behind him, but over the course of Memorial Day Weekend 1992, that precious illusion, along with several others, will be completely shattered.
In the long list of Corky's women, only one looms larger for him than his own appetites and self-interest: Thalia, his rebellious, radicalized step-daughter from his failed marriage. It is she who will become the agent of his undoing as a complex drama of corruption, blackmail, and political scandal climaxes in an act of explosive violence.

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This was my first time reading JCO so naturally I did some googling at the outset to try to see how this book fits within her massive oeuvre. Nowhere did I see it mentioned as one of her better works ... Read full review

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I just finished this book. I haven't read Oates in a long time and forgot how dark she gets. Her writing is so magnificent (of coarse) that I got sucked in and went the whole way down with Corky. I ... Read full review


December 24 1959December 27 1959
nicest guy in union city NEW YORK
hes here now but hes leaving

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Joyce Carol Oates is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at Princeton University.