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Broke Heart Blues

By Joyce Carol Oates

  • Paperback
  • £9.99

* A penetrating new novel about the burden of celebrity and the making of American myths and heroes by one of America's bestselling writers
* 'Updike is one of the very few people who are among Oates's peers' - TLS

Brando. Dean. John Reddy Heart is right up there among them - at least in the eyes of the residents of Willowsville, New York. The handsome young heart-throb begins his bad-boy career at sixteen, the night that a man is murdered in his mother's house. Was John Reddy protecting her from rape or covering up her crime, or is he actually innocent? It may not matter - the minute the manhunt starts, the second the sensational trial begins, John Reddy Heart is front-page news, celebrated in song, and well on his way to becoming a small town's obsession.
The always inventive Oates has struck upon a truly innovative way to tell this uniquely American story.

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.

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9781860497704
  • Publication date: 07 Dec 2000
  • Page count: 512
  • Imprint: Virago
She has the courage to choose great themes and the ability to carry them off. What is more she has the quality of high moral seriousness — SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
What keeps us coming back to Oates Country is her uncanny gift of making the page a window, with something happening on the other side that we'd swear was life itself — NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
She is a sort of female Faulkner, doing for her neck of the woods what Faulkner did for his. A prolific and distinctive talent — GUARDIAN
Joyce Carol Oates is a writer who always takes your breath away, and BROKE HEART BLUES is typically devastating, complex and subtle — MAIL ON SUNDAY
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