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Black Water (1992) [Novel]
by Joyce Carol Oates Rating: Weighted - 6.8 / Average - 6.5 of 10 (2 votes) (Rate!)
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Joyce Carol Oates has taken a shocking story that has become an American myth and, from it, has created a novel of electrifying power and illumination. Kelly Kelleher is an idealistic, twenty-six-year-old "good girl" when she meets the Senator at a Fourth of July party. In a brilliantly woven narrative, we enter her past and her present, her mind and her body as she is fatally attracted to this older man, this hero, this soon-to-be-lover. Kelly becomes the very embodiment of the vulnerable, romantic dreams of bight and brave women, drawn to the power that certain men command—at a party that takes on the quality of a surreal nightmare; in a tragic care ride that we hope against hope will not end as we know it must end. One of the acknowleged masters of American fiction, Joyce Carol Oates has written a bold tour de force that parts the black water to reveal the profoundest depths of human truth.

Original title: Black Water
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics

Edition #1: Black Water

Black Water (1992)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Powerfully imagined... it continues to haunt us." New York Times Book Review
  • "Intense... signals another frontier opened with the sword of a master storyteller." Chicago Tribune
  • "Its power of evocation is remarkable." The New Yorker
  • "Ferociously powerful... a convincing re-creation of how things might have been." New York Newsday
  • "Haunting, spellbinding, gripping." Philadelphia Inquirer
  • "Impressive... as audacious as anything in recent fiction... provides a brilliant vision of how a culture has learned to associate political power with sex." The New York Times Book Review
  • "Haunting, arresting, unflinching." Boston Globe
  • "Startling... Joyce Carol Oates has written the ballad of Chappaquiddick... giving the story we partly know, and partly guess at, a twanging universality." Los Angeles Times
  • "Powerful, relentless... invokes an America mired in its own black water of sex, power, and cynicism." USA Today
  • "Powerfully written, utterly compelling... Reading it is a wrenching experience." People
  • "A miraculous book. An American masterpiece of mythic and haunting proportions." The Detroit News
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Black Water (1992)

ISBN: 0452269865

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