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Expensive People

By Joyce Carol Oates

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  • £6.99

First publication in Virago Modern Classics for one of Joyce Carol Oates' finest novels, an electrifying novel told from the view point of a precocious, pathological teenager.

Expensive, affluent, yes - but morally bankrupt - this is the suburbanite society from which Joyce Carol Oates carves out an electrifying novel of Gothic suspense.
EXPENSIVE PEOPLE is the journal of Richard Elwood, an eighteen-year-old looking back with disaffection at his childhood in a succession of wealthy suburbs. He buys a rifle by mail-order ('German Sniper Rifle used by Mad Fanatic SS Men - Limited Number!') and roams the neighbourhood at night with it...The suspense is electrifying, the writing lethal.
The first sentence is guaranteed to rivet your eyes to the page: 'I was a child murderer,' begins Richard. Now read on.

Biographical Notes

Joyce Carol Oates was born in 1938. She has written many novels and numerous collections of stories, poetry and plays. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Princeton University.

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  • ISBN: 9781860494840
  • Publication date: 03 Sep 1998
  • Page count: 320
  • Imprint: Virago
Terrifying ... searing ... important — KIRKUS REVIEWS
Cuts to the bone in its chilling effectiveness — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
You cannot put this book away after you have opened I t... hypnotic, fascinating and electrifying — DETROIT NEWS
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