Foxfire: confessions of a girl gang

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Dutton, 1993 - Fiction - 328 pages
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The time is the 1950s. The place is a blue-collar town in upstate New York, where five high school girls are joined in a gang dedicated to pride, power, and vengeance on a world they never made - a world that seems made to denigrate and destroy them. Foxfire is Joyce Carol Oates' strongest and most unsparing novel yet...an often engrossing, often shocking evocation of female rage, gallantry, and grit. Here, then, are the Foxfire chronicles - the secret history of a sisterhood of blood, a haven from a world of lechers and oppressors, marked by a liberating fury that burns too hot to last. It is the story of Maddy Monkey, who writes it...of Goldie, whose womanly body masks a fierce, explosive temper...of Lana, with her Marilyn Monroe hair and packs of Chesterfields...of timid Rita, whose humiliation leads to the first act of Foxfire revenge. Above all, it is the story of Legs Sadovsky, with her lean, on-the-edge, icy beauty, whose nerve, muscle, hate, and hurt make her the spark of Foxfire, its guiding spirit, its burning core. At once brutal and lyrical, this is a careening joyride of a novel - charged with outlaw energy and lit by intense emotion. The story moves over the years from the first eruption of adolescent anger at sexual abuse to a shared life financed by luring predatory men into traps baited with sex. But then the gang's very success leads to disaster - as Foxfire makes a last tragic stand against a society intent on swallowing it up. Yet amid scenes of violence, sexual abuse, exploitation, and vengeance lies this novel's greatest power: the exquisite, astonishing rendering of the bonds that link the girls of Foxfire together - especially that between Maddy, the teller ofthe tale, and Legs, whose quintessential strength and bedrock bravery make her one of the most vivid and vital heroines in modern fiction.

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User Review  - gbelik - LibraryThing

I have often found Oates to be rambling and wordy, but not here. This is a well-constructed and gripping story of a group of angry teenage girls in upstate New York. The characters are sympathetic and the action is all to believable. Read full review

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User Review  - GingerbreadMan - LibraryThing

They are poor, living in the wrong side of town, mostly from broken homes. But most of all they are girls, constantly objectified by men – from the groping and yells of the boys their own age to the ... Read full review

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Section 1
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Section 2
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Section 3
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Joyce Carol Oates has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including the national bestsellers "We Were the Mulvaneys" and "Blonde" (a finalist for the National Book Award), and the "New York Times" bestsellers "The Falls" (winner of the 2005 Prix Femina) and The "Gravedigger's Daughter.

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