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The Female of the Species: Tales of Mystery and Suspense
Title:The Female of the Species: Tales of Mystery and Suspense
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ISBN:0156030276
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Number of Pages:288
Category:Short stories, Fiction, Horror, Mystery
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The scene is Grayling Island off the coast of Maine where a young woman meets a Senator at a Fourth of July beach party As the afternoon slips into evening the two move unaware towards a shattering appointment with destiny for it is not love but death that awaits the young woman Kelly, The time is the s The place is a blue collar town in upstate New York where five high school girls are joined in a gang dedicated to pride power and vengeance on a world they never made a world that seems made to denigrate and destroy them br br Foxfire is Joyce Carol Oates strongest and most unsparing novel yet an often engrossing often shocking evocation of female rage gallantry and grit Here then are the Foxfire chronicles the secret history of a sisterhood of blood a haven from a world of lechers and oppressors marked by a liberating fury that burns too hot to last br br It is the story of Maddy Monkey who writes it of Goldie whose womanly body masks a fierce explosive temper of Lana with her Marilyn Monroe hair and packs of Chesterfields of timid Rita whose humiliation leads to the first act of Foxfire revenge Above all it is the story of Legs Sadovsky with her lean on the edge icy beauty whose nerve muscle hate and hurt make her the spark of Foxfire its guiding spirit its burning core At once brutal and lyrical this is a careening joyride of a novel charged with outlaw energy and lit by intense emotion br br The story moves over the years from the first eruption of adolescent anger at sexual abuse to a shared life financed by luring predatory men into traps baited with sex But then the gang s very success leads to disaster as Foxfire makes a last tragic stand against a society intent on swallowing it up Yet amid scenes of violence sexual abuse exploitation and vengeance lies this novel s greatest power the exquisite astonishing rendering of the bonds that link the girls of Foxfire together especially that between Maddy the teller ofthe tale and Legs whose quintessential strength and bedrock bravery make her one of the most vivid and vital heroines in modern fiction, The Mulvaneys of High Point Farm in Mt Ephraim New York are a large and fortunate clan blessed with good looks abundant charisma and boundless promise But over the twenty five year span of this ambitious novel the Mulvaneys will slide almost imperceptibly at first from the pinnacle of happiness transformed by the vagaries of fate into a scattered collection of lost and lonely souls It is the youngest son Judd now an adult who attempts to piece together the fragments of the Mulvaneys former glory seeking to uncover and understand the secret violation that occasioned the family s tragic downfall Each of the Mulvaneys endures some form of exile physical or spiritual but in the end they find a way to bridge the chasms that have opened up among them reuniting in the spirit of love and healing, b The Barnes amp Noble Review b br Ever make a stupid comment or joke or say something you obviously didn t mean Of course you have we i all i have Was it ever taken out of context Written in the wake of some highly publicized school shootings i Big Mouth amp Ugly Girl i takes a look at the shock waves that emanate from an overheard comment muttered in sarcasm and the overzealous reaction of the school and surrounding community that follows br p br High school junior Matt Donaghy is considered an okay guy He gets good grades writes for the school paper is in the Drama Club and is known for his witty if immature humor Students and teachers seem to like him But one day he says something that makes a few classmates think he s out to bomb the school The school principal is notified the police are called in and rumors are abuzz Even his buddies doubt his innocence and none of the guys come forward in his defense There is however someone else who overheard Matt s statement and understood his mocking intent School renegade Ursula Riggs or Ugly Girl as she refers to herself doesn t know Matt very well but reveals what she heard and the context in which it was said even though her parents instruct her to mind her own business But even if Ursula can help Matt clear up this misunderstanding will life at Rocky River High School ever be the same again br p p br In her first novel for young adults acclaimed author Joyce Carol Oates delivers a striking story about friendship family community support betrayal and self confidence This powerful novel makes us think carefully about what we say to whom we say it and what we mean After closing this book you ll ask yourself the same question I did What if i I d i said such a thing i Michele D Thomas i p