It is 1950 and, after a disastrous honeymoon night, Ariah Erskine's young husband throws himself into the roaring waters of Niagara Falls. Ariah, "the Widow Bride of the Falls," begins a relentless seven-day vigil in the mist, waiting for his body to be found. At her side is confirmed bachelor and pillar of the community Dirk Burnaby, who is unexpectedly drawn to her. What follows is a passionate love affair, marriage, and family -- a seemingly perfect existence. But tragedy soon takes over their lives, poisoning their halcyon years with distrust, greed, and murder.
Set against the mythic-historic backdrop of Niagara Falls in the mid-twentieth century, this haunting exploration of the American family in crisis is a stunning achievement from "one of the great artistic forces of our time" (The Nation).This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.
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"The Falls" refers to the natural, extraordinary phenomenon that has been named Niagara Falls, or "The Falls at Niagara", to be distinguished from "Niagara Falls" which means the city - once relatively affluent, a favourite of tourists, and now one of our most depressed American cities (economica...Aug 11 2007 | Read Full Review of The Falls: A Novel
Her unreasonable fear becomes self-fulfilling when her increasingly unstable behavior, combined with Dirk's obsessed but chaste involvement with Nina Olshaker, a young mother who enlists his help in alerting the city fathers to the pestilential conditions in the area later to be known as Love Can...| Read Full Review of The Falls: A Novel
While this is an ambitious novel with much to recommend it (the characters are intriguing and Niagara Falls itself is a menacing and interesting presence throughout), it is not wholly successful.Jan 21 2011 | Read Full Review of The Falls: A Novel
…[The Falls is] surely one of Oates’ best works, a ‘magical conjunction’ of all her literary experimentation.’" Charlotte Innes Washington Post 4 of 5 Stars "In her hypnotic new novel, The Falls, Oates juxtaposes a majestic and dangerous natural phenomenon—the Falls at Niagara—with a man-mad...Oct 08 2007 | Read Full Review of The Falls: A Novel
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