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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (477 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joyce Carol Oates Narrator: Jay O. Sander Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Jerome “Corky” Corchoran is a well-liked, well-connected, but morally bankrupt real estate developer who one day tragically discovers that he can no longer finesse his way through life with his “Irish charm.”

At the age of 43, Corky has paved his road to success with a string of bad deals, bad debts, a bad marriage, and a very bad drinking problem. When a young acquaintance commits suicide, Corky’s world begins to unravel in scandal. His friends, family, and political cronies all drop him, and his checkered past comes back to haunt him.

With his life in shambles, Corky finally performs one noble, selfless deed. But rather than allow himself to be redeemed, Corky continues to wheel-and-deal his way out of this world and into the next.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Dazzling, dark, disturbing, and totally engrossing…Oates has created a wonderfully complex hero.”

    Boston Sunday Herald

  • “Corky Corcoran is one of the most astonishing fictional creations in memory…Oates has crawled so deeply and so convincingly into him that we never once get the sense that there’s anything she doesn’t know about ‘manhood’ about men’s deepest, most closely guarded secrets.”

    Washington Post

  • “An astonishing portrait of a male character…Joyce Carol Oates has once again revealed the innermost secrets of the human heart.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • “Joyce Carol Oates takes a secure place beside John Updike as a chronicler of our times.”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • “Breathtaking scope and insight…Grabs hold like an anxiety dream that won’t let go.”

    Atlanta Journal

  • “A big, brawling, profane book…Oates does a phenomenal job of creating character and place.”

    Houston Chronicle

  • “Gripping in its sure control of place, character, and verisimilitude…A vivid portrait of a man—and a culture—under stress.”

    Hartford Courant

  • A 1995 PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist
  • A 1995 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Patricia Sellers | 1/19/2014

    " A hypertoxic tail of Irish human drags..are there men who survive like this? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mush | 1/16/2014

    " What I Lived for by Joyce Carol Oates (1994) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jannette Tacka | 1/6/2014

    " Insightful character development of a character I didn't really care for...JCO is truly skilled. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ak | 12/27/2013

    " admire the effort to speak from inside a man's mind - parts are very convincing - but the seams show a bit. still, a disappointing JCO book is better than the best of most, so. "

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