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Expensive People

A book by Joyce Carol Oates

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Expensive People is hauntingly dark in its realism and truth.

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JCO, one of this country's most prolific writers, has written a book that takes what we read in the newspapers and see on the news, into the depths of the mind of how a possible child killer may think, and why he/she would act out the violent aggression that seems to plague so many of our young people today. The brutality of pretension and lies that make people go on a downward spiral to their doom is very well explained in this novel. Upon reading it, we, the readers, come to realize that we are either the fake ones or the desperate ones. Is there a possibility to overcome either side? If not, can we overcome the circumstances of our actions? Maybe. Maybe not.
Expensive People is hauntingly dark in its realism and truth.

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review by . June 02, 1998
JCO, one of this country's most prolific writers, has written a book that takes what we read in the newspapers and see on the news, into the depths of the mind of how a possible child killer may think, and why he/she would act out the violent aggression that seems to plague so many of our young people today. The brutality of pretension and lies that make people go on a downward spiral to their doom is very well explained in this novel. Upon reading it, we, the readers, come to realize that we are …
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Praise for The Wonderland Quartet, four early novels by Joyce Carol Oates

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"Protean and prodigious are surely the words that describe Ms. Oates. From the very beginning, as these impressive and diverse novels make clear, her talents and interests and strengths have never found comfort in fashionable restraint. She's sought, instead, to do it all -- to face and brilliantly, inventively transact and give shape to as much of experience as possible, as if by no other means is a useful and persuasive gesture of moral imagination even conceivable. For us readers these are valuable books." --Richard Ford

"These four novels reveal Oates' powers of observation and invention, her meticulous social documentation joined to her genius for forging unforgettable myths. She is one of the handful of great American novelists of the last hundred years. " --Edmund White

"This rich, kaleidoscopic suite of novels displays the young Joyce Carol Oates exercising her formidable artistic powers to portray a turbulent twentieth-century America. They offer the reader a singular opportunity to experience some of Oates's best writing and to witness her development, novel by novel, into one of our finest contemporary writers." --Greg Johnson, author ofInvisible Writer: A Biography of Joyce Carol Oates

"As a young writer, Joyce Carol Oates published four remarkable novels,A Garden of Earthly Delights(1967),Expensive ...
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ISBN-10: 0865380694
ISBN-13: 978-0865380691
Author: Joyce Carol Oates
Publisher: Ontario Review Press

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