Broke Heart Blues - Virago Modern Classics (Paperback)Joyce Carol Oates (author)
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Brando. Dean. John Reddy Heart is right up there among them - at least in the eyes of the residents of Willowsville, New York. The handsome young heart-throb begins his bad-boy career at sixteen, the night that a man is murdered in his mother's house. Was John Reddy protecting her from rape or covering up her crime, or is he actually innocent? It may not matter - the minute the manhunt starts, the second the sensational trial begins, John Reddy Heart is front-page news, celebrated in song, and well on his way to becoming a small town's obsession.
The always inventive Oates has struck upon a truly innovative way to tell this uniquely American story.
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 512
Weight: 338 g
Dimensions: 196 x 125 x 32 mm
What keeps us coming back to Oates Country is her uncanny gift of making the page a window, with something happening on the other side that we'd swear was life itself * NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW *
She is a sort of female Faulkner, doing for her neck of the woods what Faulkner did for his. A prolific and distinctive talent * GUARDIAN *
Joyce Carol Oates is a writer who always takes your breath away, and BROKE HEART BLUES is typically devastating, complex and subtle * MAIL ON SUNDAY *
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