A Novel

eBook - 2014
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A young girl's disappearance rocks a community and a family in this stirring examination of grief, faith, justice, and the atrocities of war from Joyce Carol Oates, "one of the great artistic forces of our time" (The Nation) Zeno Mayfield's daughter has disappeared into the night, gone missing in the wilds of the Adirondacks. But when the community of Carthage joins a father's frantic search for the girl, they discover the unlikeliest of suspects€́”a decorated Iraq War veteran with close ties to the Mayfield family. As grisly evidence mounts against the troubled war hero, the family must wrestle with the possibility of having lost a daughter forever. Carthage plunges us deep into the psyche of a wounded young corporal haunted by unspeakable acts of wartime aggression, while unraveling the story of a disaffected young girl whose exile from her family may have come long before her disappearance. Dark and riveting, Carthage is a powerful addition to the Joyce Carol Oates canon, one that explores the human capacity for violence, love, and forgiveness, and asks if it's ever truly possible to come home againches
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, HarperCollins,, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780062208149
Branch Call Number: DOWNLOADABLE eBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (512 pages)
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athompson10 Mar 25, 2017

Not one of her best. The plot idea was interesting: a young woman goes missing and her sister's fiance, an unstable Iraq War vet, is the main suspect. Unfortunately the author spends way too much time in the characters' heads and less time advancing the plot. Most of the characters are unlikeable and the missing young woman in particular is very abrasive and unsympathetic. The most interesting character, the sister, is barely touched on until the ending pages. Like much of JCO's work, there is a focus on dysfunctional family dynamics and the middle-class and working-class struggles in a dying upstate New York town. This is a long book and an effort to get through, and I found the ending to be unsatisfying: the author raised so many issues in the book but never brings the characters together to work through any resolutions. Ultimately frustrating.

Feb 06, 2017

An almost painful read, although with a rather interesting approach, up to page 185. It quickens considerably after that.

multcolib_susannel Aug 16, 2016

A missing girl but no body, a war vet with a secret and a family that is blown apart.

May 26, 2014

Unlike the Guardian, I found the first 200 pages fascinating. Then the book goes on and on and on with far too much detail.

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