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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 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
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1938-
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Oates, Joyce Carol
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
Interest level
UG
LC call number
PS3565.A8
LC item number
F355 2004
Literary form
fiction
Reading level
6.3
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
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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
  • Women
  • Domestic fiction
  • Suicide victims
  • Waterfalls
  • Widows
  • Women
  • New York (State)
  • New York (State)
  • New York (State)
  • North America
  • Suicide
  • Family
  • Women
  • Psychological fiction
  • 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
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. The Gatekeeper's Testimony : 12 June 1950 ; The Bride ; The Fossil-Seeker ; The Widow-Bride of The Falls : The Search ; The Widow-Bride of The Falls : The Vigil ; The Proposal ; 7 July 1950 -- Marriage. They Were Married ; First-Born ; The Little Family ; Before ; And After ; The Underworld ; "Zarjo" ; The Fall ; 1 June 1962 -- Family. Baltic ; The Woman in Black ; Pilgrims ; Hostages ; Our Lady of the Falls ; The Voices -- Epilogue : In Memoriam : Dirk Burnaby, 21 September 1978
Control code
ocm54685807
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xiv, 481 pages
Isbn
9780060722289
Lccn
2004043310
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
9780060722296
System control number
(OCoLC)54685807
Label
The falls : a novel, Joyce Carol Oates
Publication
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. The Gatekeeper's Testimony : 12 June 1950 ; The Bride ; The Fossil-Seeker ; The Widow-Bride of The Falls : The Search ; The Widow-Bride of The Falls : The Vigil ; The Proposal ; 7 July 1950 -- Marriage. They Were Married ; First-Born ; The Little Family ; Before ; And After ; The Underworld ; "Zarjo" ; The Fall ; 1 June 1962 -- Family. Baltic ; The Woman in Black ; Pilgrims ; Hostages ; Our Lady of the Falls ; The Voices -- Epilogue : In Memoriam : Dirk Burnaby, 21 September 1978
Control code
ocm54685807
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xiv, 481 pages
Isbn
9780060722289
Lccn
2004043310
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
9780060722296
System control number
(OCoLC)54685807

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