The Rise of Life on Earth

The Rise of Life on Earth

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by Joyce Carol Oates
     
 

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"Like most important writers—Joyce, Proust, Mann—she has an absolute identification with her material: the spirit of a society at a crucial point in its history."—Walter Clemens, Newsweek
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

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"Like most important writers—Joyce, Proust, Mann—she has an absolute identification with her material: the spirit of a society at a crucial point in its history."—Walter Clemens, Newsweek
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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
National Book Award winner Oates's ( Because It Is Bitter and Because It Is My Heart ) tightly-focused novella features a disturbed woman who enjoys the ambience of hospitals. (Sept.)
Walter Clemons
Like most popular writers -- Joyce, Proust, Mann -- she has an absolute identification with her material; the spirit of a society at a crucial point in its history. -- Newsweek

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811212137
Publisher:
WW Norton Client
Publication date:
09/28/1992
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
142
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.30(d)

Meet the Author

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.

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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The Rise of Life on Earth 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Deliciously entertaining and thought provoking, and definitely not for the faint of heart
Guest More than 1 year ago
oates writes a really good short novel about a girl whose life turns her into something both chilling and sympathetic. oates has a bit of an experimental style with her massive sentences and some odd structures late in the story. it's definitely not your regular book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was very interesting, however, the end was a bit graphic. I suggest not reading it unless prepared for some squeemish scenes. The book overall however was thought prevoking and intrestingly captivating. You want to know more about the amin charachters life to see if things will change for her.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a very good book. It was a pretty easy to follow story line with a captivating plot. While I dont think that everyone would like this book, it deserves a good try.