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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,762 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joyce Carol Oates Narrator: Constance Towers Publisher: Phoenix Books Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Lonely Iris Courtney learns about life in the small town of Hammond, New York, where blacks and whites live separate lives. She learns of love from her parents - hard-drinking, hard-living Duke Courtney and his stormy marriage with the lovely but troubled Persia Courtney. But Iris learns most from Verlyn Jinx Fairchild, star of the basketball courts, his hopes for a way out of Hammond pinned to a college scholarship. Their lives are shattered one terrifying night when Jinx defends Iris against Little Red Garlock, the vicious hillbilly who hates both blacks and whites alike. And forever after, Jinx and Iris are locked in a bond of violence, shame and secrecy. Download and start listening now!


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sondra Wolferman | 2/16/2014

    " Halfway through this novel I was prepared to give it five stars, mostly because of that inimitable JCO style that could make laundry spinning in a dryer sound riveting. The first half ;of the story is set in upstate New York, with interesting, working-class characters and a fast-paced plot. The characters are fully explored, especially the two mothers, Persia Courtney and Minnie Fairchild. The former is an alcoholic floozy, and the latter a hard-working but beaten-down product of our nation's racial divide. Considering how fascinating the mothers are, their children are bores. Iris Courtney is a spacey, self-centered young woman with a victim mentality, which is perhaps intentional, for later in the story, presumably at a point where she is finally getting her head together, going to college, and building a future for herself, she becomes the victim of a violent sexual assault. Minnie Fairchild's son, while more interesting than Iris, is filled with resignation and unresolved guilt over the crime that takes place early in the novel. Once the children are grown and go their separate ways, which takes place around two-thirds of the way into the novel, the plot begins to unravel, until it fizzles out completely in a long, drawn-out conclusion that seems to have little or nothing to do with the beginning. I've been a JCO fan for decades and have read both hits and misses. This one is a 'miss' for me, not worthy of the same author who wrote the masterpieces 'Blonde', 'Black Water', and 'We Were the Mulvaneys'. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by John | 2/14/2014

    " This is one of my most favorite books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by cara | 2/2/2014

    " Why do I always forget? I do not like Joyce Carol Oates! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Marj | 1/26/2014

    " One of my favourite books. "

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