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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.

Sarah Broadhurst

Falls Synopsis

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.

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ISBN: 9780007196746
Publication date: 04/07/2005
Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780007196746
Publication date: 4th July 2005
Author: Joyce Carol Oates
Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 512 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Relationship Stories,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About 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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