A Love Story

Book - 2003
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Teena Maguire should not have tried to shortcut her way home that Fourth of July. Not after midnight, not through Rocky Point Park. Not the way she was dressed: tank top, denim cut-offs, high-heeled sandals. Not with her twelve-year-old daughter, Bethie. Not with packs of local guys running loose on hormones, rage, and alcohol. A victim of gang rape, left for dead in the park boathouse, the once vital and sexy Teena Maguire can now only regret that she has survived. And Bethie can barely remember a childhood uncolored by fear. For they're not even a neighborhood away, the men that she identified for the Niagara Falls Police Department: the wide-browed, sandy-haired Pick brothers; the sneering Jimmy DeLucca; Fritz Haaber with his moustache and stubbled jaw. They've killed her grandmother's longhaired orange cat. At a relentless, compelling pace punctuated by lonely cries in the night and the whisper of terror in the afternoon, National Book Award-winner Joyce Carol Oates unfolds the story of Teena and Bethie, their assailants, and their unexpected, silent champion, a man who knows the meaning of justice. And love.
Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf, 2003
ISBN: 9780786712946
Branch Call Number: OATE
Characteristics: 154 p


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May 27, 2018

Joyce Carol Oates' terrible, dated, cliched over the top novella about rape, vengeance, and the media. What, JCO and "terrible" in the same sentence? Yes, I said it. Oh, maybe it might have been groundbreaking if had been published in the 1950's or 1960's. I don't think so; but it sure isn't today. It was made into a terrible, dated, and so on movie called Vengeance: a Love Story, with Nicholas Cage at his most tired and bewildered. I don't blame him.

Jul 10, 2017

My first Joyce Carol Oates book, a novela. A challenging structure with flashbacks and plot results that are left for the reader to imagine. I plan to follow up with another one or two novels to get an idea of Oates method.

Mar 11, 2012

This was really intense read. It had a deep sadness to it but also a strange beauty. The quirkiness of relationships & belonging was explored in a very unusual way.

Sep 15, 2011

A short, but definitely not sweet, novel with Oates' usual complicated characters. Thought-provoking and a good read.

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