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By Joyce Carol Oates

ISBN-10: 0062269240

ISBN-13: 9780062269249

Ultimately lower back to print in a gorgeous new alternate paperback variation, American Appetites is vintage Joyce Carol Oates—a suspenseful mystery during which the chuffed facade of an prosperous suburban couple crumbles lower than the burden of tragedy and scandal.

For twenty-six years, Ian McCullough, a demographics researcher at a social technology imagine tank, has been fortunately married to Glynnis, a profitable cookbook author and a super 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 lifeless, Ian is charged with homicide, and their American dream is shattered. and shortly, in a court the place guilt and accountability turn into very separate concerns, 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 luck, and the way cozy, privileged lives—and the process fate—can be dramatically remodeled straight away.

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Someday her portraits would show the world how strong and powerful women could be, as well as the personal cost of that strength. She unloaded the film, labeled the canister, tucked it away and reloaded, then walked through the village, smiling at people, handing out the candies and ribbons and bracelets she always carried. She took another great picture of four Himba women emerging from the smoke-and-herb sauna that was their method of keeping clean in a land devoid of water. In the picture, the women were holding hands and laughing.

Then, when they were seniors, she舗d gotten pregnant. It had terrified her at first. She舗d worried that she was like her mother, and that parenthood wouldn舗t be a good thing. But she discovered, to her profound relief, that she was the complete opposite of her own mother. Perhaps her youth had helped in that. God knew Mom had not been young when Meredith was born. Jeff shook his head. It was a minute gesture, barely even a movement, but she saw it. She had always been attuned to him, and lately their mutual disappointments seemed to create sound, like a high-pitched whistle that only she could hear.

Meredith was at her desk by eight o舗clock. As usual, she was the first to arrive and went about the cubicle-divided space on the warehouse舗s second floor flipping on lights. She passed by her dad舗s office舒empty now舒pausing only long enough to glance at the plaques by his door. Thirteen times he舗d been voted Grower of the Year and his advice was still sought out by competitors on a regular basis. It didn舗t matter that he only occasionally came into the office, or that he舗d been semi-retired for ten years.

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