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.
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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.)
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.Oct 17 2008 | Read Full Review of My Sister, My Love (P.S.)
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 ...Jul 05 2008 | Read Full Review of My Sister, My Love (P.S.)
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