American Appetites

American Appetites

by Joyce Carol Oates
     
 

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Finally returned to print in a beautiful new trade paperback edition, American Appetites is classic Joyce Carol Oates—a suspenseful thriller in which the happy facade of an affluent suburban couple crumbles under the weight of tragedy and scandal.

For twenty-six years, Ian McCullough, a demographics researcher at a social science think tank,

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Finally returned to print in a beautiful new trade paperback edition, American Appetites is classic Joyce Carol Oates—a suspenseful thriller in which the happy facade of an affluent suburban couple crumbles under the weight of tragedy and scandal.

For twenty-six years, Ian McCullough, a demographics researcher at a social science think tank, has been happily married to Glynnis, a successful cookbook writer and a brilliant hostess.

When a drunken argument about a suspected infidelity turns physical, Ian accidentally pushes Glynnis through a plate glass window—or did she fall? Now, Glynnis is dead, Ian is charged with murder, and their American dream is shattered. And soon, in a courtroom where guilt and responsibility become two very separate issues, Ian will stand trial, fighting for his life.

A sophisticated, witty, and chilling novel from the incomparable Joyce Carol Oates, American Appetites explores our insatiable hunger for power, love, and success, and how comfortable, privileged lives—and the course of fate—can be dramatically transformed in an instant.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In her 19th novel, the prolific author of You Must Remember This dishes up a heady concoction of lust, murder and courtroom drama. Ian and Glynnis McCullough, an apparently happy couple for 26 years, orbit painlessly in the academic universe of the prestigious Institute for Independent Research in the Social Sciences in upstate New York. Glynnis is a noted food writer working on a cookbook titled American Appetites , while Ian is a demographic expert whose destiny, ``the seemingly benign verso of fate,'' will by the tale's end seem astonishingly altered from its original course. When a drunken quarrel over suspected infidelity degenerates into a brawl, Glynnis falls through a plate glass window and is fatally injured. Ian is charged wtih murder; during his ensuing trial ambiguities abound as guilt and responsibility must be treated as separate issues. In her usual nuanced, stylized voice, Oates offers incriminating evidence against American appetites for food, wine, drink, power and sex, as she knowingly observes the smugly comfortable lives of the smart and tenured. A zippy story about successful lives dramatically altered by one sudden and inexplicable lapse of judgment, this is definitely Oates in her bestseller metier. (Jan.)
Library Journal
Quite a departure for Oates, this thriller is set in an affluent neighborhood on the Hudson. Ian McCullough is a researcher at a social science think tank, long married to the elegant Glynnis, who entertains beautifully and writes trendy cookbooks. Glynnis also dabbles in people, taking up with struggling artists and the like for short spells. Such a case is Sigrid Hunt, a dancer whose troubled life leads her to seek help from Ian when Glynnis is no longer interested. Glynnis eventually comes to suspect something's up between Ian and Sigrid (it isn't), and in a drunken argument Ian shoves his wife through their plate glass wallor did she fall? An absorbing, well-told story full of suspense. Ann H. Fisher, Radford P.L., Va.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062269249
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/15/2014
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
217,101
File size:
1 MB

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