Little Bird of Heaven by Joyce Carol Oates
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Little Bird of Heaven by Joyce Carol Oates is a riveting story of love violently lost and found in late 20th century America. In this novel, Oates returns to the Buffalo, New York, region to brilliantly explore the dangerous intersections of romance and eroticism, guilt and obsession, desire and murder. Little Bird of Heaven, a soaring work by the New York Times bestselling author and a nominee for the 2009 Man Booker Prize—one of the world’s most prestigious literary awards—is as powerful and unforgettable as Joyce Carol Oates’s previous acclaimed novels The Gravedigger’s Daughter and We Were the Mulvaneys.

 

About Joyce Carol Oates

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Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Medal of Humanities, the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the Chicago Tribune Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Book Award, and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, and has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including the national bestsellers We Were the Mulvaneys, Blonde, which was nominated for the National Book Award, and the New York Times bestseller The Falls, which won the 2005 Prix Femina. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978.
 
Published August 27, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 452 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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But boastful, hair-trigger-tempered Eddie, his spiteful, betrayed wife Lucille and Krista’s sullen older brother Ben are all recycled from earlier books, and Krista’s emotional defense of her doting daddy is as devoid of conviction or resonance as it is creepy.

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The novel is split too, between Eddy’s daughter, Krista, and Delray and Zoe’s son, Aaron, as both try to make sense of what happened in the years surrounding the murder, and to establish their fathers’ innocence.

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Publishers Weekly

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But when he spies a family of foxes, he is emboldened by the fact that the cubs share his burnt-orange coloring, the kitten is soon scampering through the forest with his new friends.

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Little Bird Of Heaven, the latest from the always hyper-productive Joyce Carol Oates, is so obviously a novel written to get to its last 10 pages that it sometimes suffers along the way.

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The Telegraph

Not since the heyday of Dickens and Balzac can a literary novelist have been as prolific as Joyce Carol Oates.

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Oprah.com

The walking wounded include love-starved adolescent Krista Diehl, her adored and volatile father, Eddy, and furious Aaron Kruller, son of the gently seductive young woman Eddy may have murdered.

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BookRack

The first half of the book is told from Krista’s perspective, a young girl, who wants to believe in her father and somehow is torn between what is real and what she thinks of as reality.

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Elle

Set in the 1980s in upstate New York (not far from where the writer grew up), it's vintage Oates: tragic violence, outsize ambitions, dashed hopes, strained family bonds, manly-men roughing up sassy-yet-submissive women, and, of course, sex-crazed teenagers.

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California Literary Review

Her beloved Daddy takes her to get ice cream from the sparkling Zoe: Her hair was “strawberry blond” – crimped, flyaway, shoulder-length.

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