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Carthage



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Author
Oates, Joyce Carol
Descriptors
Families
Family Relationships
Fathers and Daughters
Identity
Literate Fiction
Loneliness
Missing Persons
Post-traumatic Stress Syndrome
Single Women
Sisters
Soldiers
Location/Setting:
New York
Time Period:
2000s
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Summary
An immature 19-year-old, smart but plain Cressida Mayfield, the youngest of two daughters of former town mayor and powerful lawyer Zeno Mayfield, disappears one night in the upstate New York town of Carthage. The last person to have seen Cressida is her sister Juliet's former fiancÚ, Brett Kincaid, a troubled and wounded Iraq War veteran. As time passes and neither Cressida or her body are found, the Mayfields become inconsolable and Brett becomes a prime suspect for murder.
Critique
What Oates begins as a suspenseful thriller shifts into more of a literary read. Nothing is what it seems in this surprising (and, admittedly quite long) novel. Shifting perspective and an abundance of slowly revealed secrets keep you reading, as will Oates' always eloquent mastery of the written word.
ISBN
9780062208125
  iBistro
# of Pages
482
Published
2014
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Reviewer's Initials: CO


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