American Appetites

American Appetites

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by Joyce Carol Oates
     
 

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Acclaimed and prolific author Joyce Carol Oates spins a chilling tale in which the American dream becomes a nightmare. "Any definition of art that excludes this novel is probably too narrow by far."--Time

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Acclaimed and prolific author Joyce Carol Oates spins a chilling tale in which the American dream becomes a nightmare. "Any definition of art that excludes this novel is probably too narrow by far."--Time

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:
9780060972783
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/28/1990
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.87(d)

Meet the Author

Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Medal of Humanities, the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Book Award, and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Princeton, New Jersey
Date of Birth:
June 16, 1938
Place of Birth:
Lockport, New York
Education:
B.A., Syracuse University, 1960; M.A., University of Wisconsin, 1961

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American Appetites 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Save your money. No wonder it's on sale.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I gave up at page 100. Wasted my money. I like this authoress but this was a total dud.