Tuesday, January 3, 2012

My Sister, My Love by Joyce Carol Oates

Current read -
Title - My Sister, My Love
Author - Joyce Carol Oates (http://www.usfca.edu/jco/)

Description from author's website -

"Dysfunctional families are all alike. Ditto 'survivors.'"
So begins the unexpurgated first-person narative of nineteen-year-old Skyler Rampike, the only surviving child of an "infamous" American family. A decade ago the Rampikes were destroyed by the murder of Skyler's six-year-old ice-skating champion sister, Bliss, and the media scrutiny that followed. Part investigation into the unsolved murder; part elegy for the lost Bliss and for Skyler's own lost childhood; and part corrosively funny exposé of the pretensions of upper-middle-class American suburbia, this captivating novel explores with unexpected sympathy and subtlety the intimate lives of those who dwell in Tabloid Hell.
Likely to be Joyce Carol Oates's most controversial novel to date, as well as her most boldly satirical, this unconventional work of fiction is sure to be recognized as a classic exploration of the tragic interface between private life and the perilous life of "celebrity." In My Sister, My Love: The Intimate Story of Skyler Rampike, the incomparable Oates once again mines the depths of the sinister yet comic malaise at the heart of our contemporary culture.
E-book currently available for $9.99 at Amazon here.

Update 1/4/12 - I am about 18% into this book and it is just confusing and rather boring to me. I won't rate it since I am not bothering to finish it.


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