My Sister, My Love by Joyce Carol Oates

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New York Times bestselling author of The Falls, Blonde, and We Were the Mulvaneys, Joyce Carol Oates returns with a dark, wry, satirical tale—inspired by an unsolved American true-crime mystery.

"Dysfunctional families are all alike. Ditto 'survivors.'"

So begins the unexpurgated first-person narrative 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.


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 October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 592 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Joyce Carol Oates’s novelistic take on the JonBenet Ramsey story.

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The Guardian

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My Sister, My Love is a fictionalised take on the story of JonBenét Ramsey, the six-year-old beauty princess found murdered in the basement of her parents' Colorado home in 1996.

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The murder of the tiny six-year-old pageant star is one of America's most notorious unsolved cases and, while her parents were suspected and vilified, this book's relentless skewering of their affluent, God-fearing, child-medicating, all-American dysfunction seems a cruel extra punishment.

Apr 24 2009 | Read Full Review of My Sister, My Love (P.S.)

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While Skyler's eventual naming of the guilty party provides narrative satisfaction, the novel's real achievement is the narrator's ability to salvage a remnant of his self from the wreckage that the American family can become.

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Tampa Bay Times

In My Sister, My Love, the life and death of a little girl — "a fraction of a lifetime, yet in a way a very American lifetime: obscurity, fame, end" — is the center of a novel that is at once a savage satire of marriage and parenting, an unnerving dissection of our fascination with tabloid-style ...

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