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The Resource The falls : a novel, Joyce Carol Oates

The falls : a novel, Joyce Carol Oates

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The falls : a novel
Title
The falls
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Joyce Carol Oates
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Language
eng
Summary
A stunning, major achievement from Joyce Carol Oates, "one of the great artistic forces of our time" (The Nation). A haunting story of the powerful spell Niagara Falls casts upon two generations of a family, leading to tragedy, love, loss, and, ultimately, redemption. A man climbs over the railings and plunges into Niagara Falls. A newlywed, he has left behind his wife, Ariah Erskine, in the honeymoon suite the morning after their wedding. "The Widow Bride of The Falls," as Ariah comes to be known, begins a relentless, seven-day vigil in the mist, waiting for his body to be found. At her side throughout, confirmed bachelor and pillar of the community Dirk Burnaby is unexpectedly transfixed by the strange, otherworldly gaze of this plain, strange woman, falling in love with her though they barely exchange a word. What follows is their passionate love affair, marriage, and children, a seemingly perfect existence. But the tragedy by which their life together began shadows them, damaging their idyll with distrust, greed, and even murder. What unfurls is a drama of parents and their children; of secrets and sins; of lawsuits, murder, and, eventually, redemption. As Ariah's children learn that their past is enmeshed with a hushed-up scandal involving radioactive waste, they must confront not only their personal history but America's murky past: the despoiling of the landscape, and the corruption and greed of the massive industrial expansion of the 1950s and 1960s. Set against the mythic-historic backdrop of Niagara Falls, Joyce Carol Oates explores the American family in crisis, but also America itself in the mid-twentieth century. As in We Were the Mulvaneys, a "darkly engrossing novel" (Washington Post Book World), she examines what happens when the richly interwoven relationships of parents and their children are challenged by circumstances outside the family. The Falls is a love story gone wrong and righted, and it alone places Joyce Carol Oates definitively in the company of the great American novelists
Summary
Follows the interconnected and secretive lives of parents and their children when they are challenged by circumstances outside their family, in a tale set against a backdrop of Niagara Falls in the mid-twentieth century
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Award
New York Times Notable Book, 2004
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126513
Cataloging source
DLC
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1938-
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Oates, Joyce Carol
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3565.A8
LC item number
F355 2004
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Niagara Falls (N.Y. and Ont.)
  • Love Canal Chemical Waste Landfill (Niagara Falls, N.Y.)
  • Suicide victims
  • Women
  • Niagara Falls (N.Y.)
  • Waterfalls
  • Widows
  • Domestic fiction
Target audience
adult
Label
The falls : a novel, Joyce Carol Oates
Instantiates
Publication
Contents
Honeymoon -- Marriage -- Family
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xiv, 481 p.
Isbn
9780060722296
Lccn
2004043310
System control number
(OCoLC)54685807
Label
The falls : a novel, Joyce Carol Oates
Publication
Contents
Honeymoon -- Marriage -- Family
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xiv, 481 p.
Isbn
9780060722296
Lccn
2004043310
System control number
(OCoLC)54685807

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