In Little Bird of Heaven, American author Joyce Carol Oates returns to upstate New York and the mythical town of Sparta, the setting of her previous novels We Were the Mulvaneys and The Gravedigger's Daughter.
In this 2009 novel—a true emotional battlefield—a young mother is brutally murdered and the police focus on two suspects, her estranged husband, Delray Kruller, and her lover, Eddy Diehl, creating an escalating tension between the Krullers son, Aaron, and Eddy’s daughter, Krista. Both kids grow up obsessed and infatuated with each other, and it is through their voices that we get to see the life of Sparta in all its darkness and mystery.
This is a brilliant and captivating tale where violence, betrayal, despair and sexuality get intertwined to a point where everything comes crashing down. Oates’ lyricism is here at its best.
Joyce Carol Oats is such a good writer that even though her topics are all-ways disturbing to one's psyche and equilibrium it is worth it just for the sake of reading such a skilled wordsmith.
A good story and is well written. It moves back and forth between the present and the past as the plot develops keeping you guessing right to the end. A good "winter" novel to read while the cold weather is upon us.
Just finished this 442-page novel, which represents working class America (in this case, Western New York) and their travails brilliantly, if with somewhat verbose prose. The writing is best in representing the id/superego dialectic of feminine sexuality. Recommended for JCO fans.
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