American appetites

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Perennial Library, 1989 - Fiction - 340 pages
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Set in an affluent upper-class suburb in the late 1980s, this chilling tale by master storyteller Joyce Carol Oates reveals the dark side of the American Dream. A close-knit group of friends draws closer, and then apart, when scandal and tragedy erupt among them.

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A well-to-do couple in an upper-middle class neighborhood live both literally and figuratively in a glass house. Although they appear happy on the surface, they have their appetites and their secrets ... Read full review

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Taken from my comments elsewhere on this site -- I reread Oates' novel American Appetites (1989) yesterday. I picked it up because, on a quick flip, I was tickled to realize that a significant part of ... Read full review

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Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Book Award, and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, and has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including the national bestsellers "We Were the Mulvaneys"; "Blonde", which was nominated for the National Book Award; and the "New York Times" bestseller "The Falls", which won the 2005 Prix Femina. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978. In 2003 she received the Commonwealth Award for Distinguished Service in Literature, and in 2006 she received the Chicago Tribune Lifetime Achievement Award.