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Rape: A Love Storyby Joyce Carol Oates
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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.
"Rape: A Love Story gives us Oates at her darkly enthralling best." Andrew Ervin, The New York Times Book Review
"[A] taut, harrowing novella....The effects linger, despite the book's brevity." Publishers Weekly
"[A] tense novella somewhat akin to [Oates's] Beasts....We've been here before, and this is flawed work....But Oates has achieved memorable successes in the short-novel form and, on balance, this is one of them." Kirkus Reviews
"[M]asterfully crafted and diabolically insightful....Oates' unflinching dramatization of the insidious aftereffects of a horrific crime...reminds readers that the real power resides in the survivor, not the attacker." Donna Seaman, Booklist
"Like Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Chronicle of a Death Foretold, this short work builds in suspense until the final page. Recommended." Library Journal
"Joyce Carol Oates is at her provocative best in Rape: A Love Story, a disturbing and starkly beautiful novella..." Cleveland Plain Dealer
"This book is sometimes painful to read, with the utterly revolting portraits of the rapists, the breakdown of the legal system, and the destruction of more than two lives." Providence Journal
"In Rape: A Love Story, she displays her skill at compressing a complex story of violence and its sordid aftermath into a swift-moving psychological thriller." Boston Herald
"Oates has always been a writer who writes out of her gut, her obsessions and even her confusions. In this book, she has connected with something very primal — simple, in a way, yet profound..." Los Angeles Times
A victim of gang rape and left for dead, the once vital and sexy Teena Maguire can now only regret that she has survived. At a relentless, compelling pace, the National Book Award winner unfolds the story of Teena and Bethie, their assailants, and their unexpected, silent champion, a man who knows the meaning of justice — and love.
Haunting and moving, this short but powerful novel explores sexual violence and its aftermath. On her way home from a party, Teena Maguire is beaten, gang raped, and left for dead in the park, all of which is witnessed by her 12-year-old daughter Bethie. Now Teena can only regret that she survived, and Bethie is left to take care of her mother in her fragile state as the investigation and trial unfold. Alternating viewpoints are employed to narrate this horrific story, and redemption is finally offered thanks to a young police officer who knows the meaning of justice and love.
Inquietante y conmovedora, esta breve pero poderosa novela explora la violencia sexual y sus efectos. De regreso a su casa después de una fiesta, Teena Maguire es golpeada, violada y dejada por muerta en un parque, todo lo cual lo ha presenciado su hija de 12 años, Bethie. Ahora a Teena le queda sólo lamentar el haber sobrevivido, y Bethie queda encargada de cuidar a su mamá débil durante la investigación y el juicio. Diferentes puntos de vista son empleados para narrar esta horrenda historia, y un joven policía que conoce el significado de la justicia y del amor es quien finalmente ofrece un poco de redención.
About the Author
Joyce Carol Oates is the author of more than 70 books, including novels, short story collections, plays, poetry volumes, and criticisms. She has been awarded both the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award and has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
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