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Falls

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Great big American novel (400 pages) of a family in crisis during the 50s and 60s and a wonderful account of life, history and ideals, of corruption, loss, love and murder. A novel of tremendous sweep, wordy but satisfying. She is one of America’s most respected literary flyers. It is quite a book.

Comparison: Barbara Kingsolver, Tom Wolfe, John Updike.
Similar this month: None. Try Louis de Bernières and David Lodge.

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Falls by Joyce Carol Oates

A man climbs over the railings and plunges into Niagara Falls. He's a newly-wed, and his bride has been left behind in the honeymoon suite the morning after their wedding. For two weeks, Alma, the deserted bride, waits by the side of the roaring waterfall for news of her husband's recovered body. During her vigil, an unlikely new love story begins to unfold when she meets a wealthy lawyer who is transfixed by her strange, otherworldly gaze. So it all begins, in the 1950s, with the dark foreboding of the Falls as the sinister background to the tragedy.

From this cataclysmic event unfurls a drama of parents and their children; of secrets and sins; of lawsuits, murder and, eventually redemption. As Alma's children learn that their past is enmeshed with a hushed-up scandal involving radioactive waste materials, they must confront not only their personal history but America’s murky past: the despoiling of the American landscape and the corruption and greed of the massive industrial expansion of the 1950s and 1960s.

Reviews

'Eminently readable and though full of heart is utterly heartbreaking.'
Vogue

'Oates offers a shrewd, often chilling analysis of an unhappy marriage...[she] deftly widens her focus to...Niagara, corrupt and dangerously polluted.'
Sunday Times

'If you only read one new novel this autumn, make it this... you'll be hooked within pages'
Mail on Sunday

'...engaging...compelling...a flair for the minutiae of character...'
Guardian

'The Falls is a swirling cataract of invention, and a mesmerising read.'
Daily Telegraph

About the Author

Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates, a recipient of the National Book Award , is one of the most highly respected novelists, critic, playwright, poet and author of short stories. Her most recent novels include ‘Break Heart Blues’ and ‘Man Crazy’. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Princeton University. Her highly acclaimed last novel ‘Blonde’, published in 2000, was shortlisted for the National Book Award.

Author photo © Marion Ettlinger

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Publication date

4th July 2005

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Joyce Carol Oates

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Publisher

Harpercollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
512 pages

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Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780007196746

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