What I Lived For by J. Oates
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A respected author offers a powerful and insightful portrait of an unforgettable and deeply troubled man, exploring the complex dynamics that fuel Corky Corcoran's driving ambitions. 75,000 first printing. Major ad/promo. Lit Guild Feat Alt. Doubleday.
 

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Published October 1, 1995 by San Val. 624 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Oates's (Black Water, 1992, etc.) darkly comic work -- set against a background of industrial decline, urban decay, racial strife, and political corruption -- is permeated by death, from its opening page, when Timothy Corcoran is gunned down in front of his house on Christmas Eve 1959, to the app...

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Short stories that revolve around wishes form this volume created to raise money for Book Wish Foundation, a nonprofit organization working to build libraries for Darfur refugees living in Chad.

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Another big novel from the prolific Oates, this tale of a successful middle-aged real estate developer whose hidden past surges up to wreak havoc on his present was one of PW's best books for 1994 and a PEN/Faulkner nominee.

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Corky is supposed to be a well-rounded, recognizable character we can all identify with — a man wrestling with love, family relations, a business downturn, alcoholism, prejudice, and other universal difficulties.

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