By Joyce Carol Oates
Eventually back to print in a gorgeous new alternate paperback variation, American Appetites is vintage Joyce Carol Oates—a suspenseful mystery within which the chuffed facade of an prosperous suburban couple crumbles less than the load of tragedy and scandal.
For twenty-six years, Ian McCullough, a demographics researcher at a social technology imagine tank, has been fortunately married to Glynnis, a winning cookbook author and a super hostess.
When a drunken argument a few suspected infidelity turns actual, Ian by chance pushes Glynnis via a plate glass window—or did she fall? Now, Glynnis is useless, Ian is charged with homicide, and their American dream is shattered. and shortly, in a court docket the place guilt and accountability develop into very separate matters, Ian will stand trial, scuffling with for his life.
A subtle, witty, and chilling novel from the incomparable Joyce Carol Oates, American Appetites explores our insatiable starvation for strength, love, and good fortune, and the way cozy, privileged lives—and the process fate—can be dramatically remodeled right away.
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The stars were out now, and in the pale silvery glow she could see his sharp features and hollow cheeks, his blue eyes and curly hair. She realized in that moment, when he looked so sad, how much he laughed and smiled, even when the sun was broiling or the dust was choking or the gunshots were exploding in the air. He could always smile. Except now he wasn舗t. He handed her a smallish yellow envelope. 舡 舠Course not. 舡 Journalists and producers and photojournalists the world over knew about telegrams.
All the rest of the workday, while she analyzed different facets of the operation, looking for ways to maximize profit, and as she sat through endless management and scheduling meetings, she found herself remembering how in love her parents had looked. The truth was, she had never been able to understand how a woman could be capable of passionately adoring her husband while simultaneously despising her children. No, that wasn舗t right. Mom didn舗t despise Meredith and Nina. She just didn舗t care about them.
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