March 7, 2017

American Appetites by Joyce Carol Oates

By Joyce Carol Oates

Eventually back to print in a gorgeous new exchange paperback version, American Appetites is vintage Joyce Carol Oates—a suspenseful mystery during which the satisfied facade of an prosperous suburban couple crumbles below the burden of tragedy and scandal.

For twenty-six years, Ian McCullough, a demographics researcher at a social technological know-how imagine tank, has been fortunately married to Glynnis, a profitable cookbook author and an excellent hostess.

When a drunken argument a couple of suspected infidelity turns actual, Ian by accident pushes Glynnis via a plate glass window—or did she fall? Now, Glynnis is useless, Ian is charged with homicide, and their American dream is shattered. and shortly, in a court docket the place guilt and accountability turn into very separate matters, Ian will stand trial, scuffling with for his life.

A subtle, witty, and chilling novel from the incomparable Joyce Carol Oates, American Appetites explores our insatiable starvation for strength, love, and good fortune, and the way cozy, privileged lives—and the process fate—can be dramatically reworked right away.

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Congratulations,” I managed to call back. I could barely focus on what Bernie was telling me. I hadn’t noticed they’d sold their house. Bernie gave me the thumbs-up before picking up his copy of the Globe and Mail on the front porch. He examined the front cover, then waved a final time before disappearing back into his house. I wrapped my sweater tighter around me. Since I hadn’t made it out of Nate’s bed the previous night, I was in the same outfit that I’d worn to work the day before. I sipped at my coffee, now at a tolerable temperature, and hugged the mug for warmth.

He immediately curled up into me, and shook his head. ” I asked him gently. “You can talk to me about anything. ” Nate shrugged. “Well, I’m here for you when you’re ready to talk. If you want to talk. Or I can just lie here with you . . ” He shrugged again. But he didn’t kick me out as he sometimes did. 48 I snuggled into his single bed, rubbing his arm with the tickle strokes I knew he loved. Just when his breathing slightly changed and I thought he was about to fall asleep, he popped up. I immediately sensed his urgency.

Everyone ploughed in except for Nate, who did nothing but push chicken and french fries around on his plate. “What’s wrong, Bean? Don’t you feel like eating? ” Nate shrugged, showing no interest in taking his first bite. ” I asked, forcing a smile and trying to pretend that it was our typical Friday night, which always included takeout and a family movie. 44 Nate ignored me. “Is it your head? Does it still hurt? ” Pete asked. His voice was flat and slightly irritated. “I told you, the ER doc said Nate will be fine.

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