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August 30, 2009



The novel reads like a compendium of every social evil breathlessly anatomized in every op-ed page over the past two decades.

Put it on the shelf for a century, then start assigning it to students as a document of its age...


Joyce Carol Oates is too perceptive a writer not to know that she is exploiting a tragedy every bit as much as the people she writes about in order to show how others are exploiting a tragedy.

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