Bellefleur

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E. P. Dutton, 1980 - Fiction - 558 pages
57 Reviews
Portrays six generations of eccentric characters, all part of the wealthy and notorious Bellefleur clan, as they are affected by historical events such as the War of 1812 and Lincoln's assassination

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Review: Bellefleur (The Gothic Saga #1)

User Review  - Jenn L - Goodreads

This woman writes like water flows. At the beginning of the book, almost 600 pages, I warned Joyce that this better all be for a good reason and boy, did she pull through. Her depth of character is chilling and their intricate weaving among each other in the story is seamless. I loved this book. Read full review

Review: Bellefleur (The Gothic Saga #1)

User Review  - Claire - Goodreads

Circular time, crimes, repetitions of names, references to real events and politicians - this is a Gothic epic in the style of 100 Years of Solitude or The House of the Spirits. I wanted to like it ... Read full review

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Contents

The Arrival of Mahalaleel
3
The Pond
18
The BeUefieur Curse
29
Copyright

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About the author (1980)

Joyce Carol Oates was born in 1938 in Upstate, New York. She attended Syracuse University and graduated as Valedictorian. She then attended University of Wisconsin where she earned an M. A. By the time she was 47 years old, she had published at least that many separate books, including 16 full-length novels and more than a dozen collections of short stories. Some of her works were done under the pseudonym Rosamund Smith. She has also written numerous poems collected in several volumes, at least three plays, many critical essays, and articles and reviews on various subjects while fulfilling her obligations as a professor of English at the University of Windsor, where with her husband Raymond Smith she edited the Ontario Review, which the couple has continued since moving to Princeton in 1978. She has earned a reputation as indubitably one of our most prolific writers and very likely one of our best. Her fiction alone demonstrates considerable variety, ranging from direct naturalism to complex experiments in form. However, what chiefly makes her work her own is a quality of psychological realism, an uncanny ability to bring to the surface an underlying sense of foreboding or a threat of violence that seems to lurk just around the corner from the everyday domestic lives she depicts so realistically. Her first six novels, including Them (1969), which won the National Book Award, express these qualities in varying ways. she is also the recipient of an NEA grant, a Guggenheim fellowship, the PEN/Malamud Lifetime Achievement Award, and the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Lifetime Achievement in American Literature. She resides in New Jersey.

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