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Selected by The New York Times Book Review as one of the most notable books of 1991, Joyce Carol Oates's The Rise of Life on Earth is a memorable portrait of one of the "insulted and injured" of American society. Set in the underside of working-class Detroit of the '60s and '70s, this short, lyric novel sketches Kathleen Hennessy's violent childhood-shattered by a broken home, child-beating, and murder-and follows her into her early adult years as a hospital health-care worker. Overworked, underpaid, and quietly overzealous, Kathleen falls in love with a young doctor, whose exploitation of her sets the course of the remainder of her life, in which her passivity masks a deep fury and secret resolve to take revenge.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780811212137
ISBN-10: 0811212130
Format: Paperback
(203mm x 132mm x 10mm)
Pages: 142
Imprint: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date: 29-Apr-1993
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates is one of our most important and well known writers-and one of America's foremost writers of the short story form. She is also a regular contributor of reviews and criticism for the New York Times Book Review, The New York Review of Books, and elsewhere. She also reads and lectures widely throughout the US, at universities and bookstores.

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