The Rescuer

The Rescuer

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by Joyce Carol Oates
     
 

Lydia is a graduate student in cultural anthropology—a fellow at a prestigious university, with a bright future ahead of her. Harvey, her brother, is a seminary student driven by his god-besotted studies. The two have never shared much of anything except a mutual desire to escape the stifling confines of the home they grew up in and the parents they left

Overview

Lydia is a graduate student in cultural anthropology—a fellow at a prestigious university, with a bright future ahead of her. Harvey, her brother, is a seminary student driven by his god-besotted studies. The two have never shared much of anything except a mutual desire to escape the stifling confines of the home they grew up in and the parents they left behind. But when Lydia's estranged parents call her to say Harvey has mysteriously dropped out of seminary, Lydia begrudgingly sets out to "rescue" him—though the dark path into Harvey's new world leads Lydia herself through a threatening terrain of addiction, sexuality, and violence. An astute, insightful, and mordant examination of faith, family, and sibling ties, THE RESCUER is Joyce Carol Oates at her best.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062268709
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
12/26/2012
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
511,963
File size:
1 MB

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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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The Rescuer 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of Oates' writing since experiencing her signature style in college. This story (only 80 pages long) is signature: dark characters, tortured analysis, disturbing experiences, an almost unforgivable disconnect between what should happen and what does happen. This story isn't high or adventurous. It's short and depressing, but Oates' style is always engaging. The problem for me was the stilted ending left me disappointed, no explanation, no reason, just it is...If you enjoy Oates, you will understand the story, but you may feel unsated by the end.