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The Resource The falls : a novel, Joyce Carol Oates

The falls : a novel, Joyce Carol Oates

Label
The falls : a novel
Title
The falls
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Joyce Carol Oates
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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
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Cataloging source
YDXCP
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1938-
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Oates, Joyce Carol
Index
no index present
LC call number
  • PS
  • PS3565.A8
LC item number
F355 2008
Literary form
novels
Series statement
Harper Perennial modern classics
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Suicide victims
  • Women
  • Waterfalls
  • Widows
  • Niagara Falls (N.Y. and Ont.)
  • Love Canal Chemical Waste Landfill (Niagara Falls, N.Y.)
Label
The falls : a novel, Joyce Carol Oates
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"An Ecco book."
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Honeymoon -- Marriage --Family -- Epilogue
Control code
907612
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First Harper Perennial Modern Classics deluxe edition.
Extent
xiv, 481 pages, 16 pages
Isbn
9780061565342
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780061565342
  • (OCoLC)191245506
Label
The falls : a novel, Joyce Carol Oates
Publication
Note
"An Ecco book."
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Honeymoon -- Marriage --Family -- Epilogue
Control code
907612
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First Harper Perennial Modern Classics deluxe edition.
Extent
xiv, 481 pages, 16 pages
Isbn
9780061565342
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780061565342
  • (OCoLC)191245506

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