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Carthage
     

Carthage

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by Joyce Carol Oates
 

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A young girl's disappearance rocks a community and a family in this stirring examination of grief, faith, justice, and the atrocities of war from Joyce Carol Oates, "one of the great artistic forces of our time" (The Nation)

Zeno Mayfield's daughter has disappeared into the night, gone missing in the wilds of the Adirondacks. But when the community

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A young girl's disappearance rocks a community and a family in this stirring examination of grief, faith, justice, and the atrocities of war from Joyce Carol Oates, "one of the great artistic forces of our time" (The Nation)

Zeno Mayfield's daughter has disappeared into the night, gone missing in the wilds of the Adirondacks. But when the community of Carthage joins a father's frantic search for the girl, they discover the unlikeliest of suspects—a decorated Iraq War veteran with close ties to the Mayfield family. As grisly evidence mounts against the troubled war hero, the family must wrestle with the possibility of having lost a daughter forever.

Carthage plunges us deep into the psyche of a wounded young corporal haunted by unspeakable acts of wartime aggression, while unraveling the story of a disaffected young girl whose exile from her family may have come long before her disappearance.

Dark and riveting, Carthage is a powerful addition to the Joyce Carol Oates canon, one that explores the human capacity for violence, love, and forgiveness, and asks if it's ever truly possible to come home again.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
★ 01/01/2014
Multiaward winner Oates's latest work focuses on the disappearance and apparent murder of a talented but socially isolated 19-year-old by her sister's ex-fiancé. The multiple points of view allow us inside the minds of the shattered Iraqi war veteran accused of the crime, the deceased young woman's shocked and grieving family, and the young woman herself. In some ways, all are victims of wartime atrocities. Each perspective is involving; each character is complex and sympathetic. The result is a narrative that demands continual reevaluation of individuals and events, and readers are likely to race through the pages to unravel the mystery of what happened and why. The unexpected conclusion is very satisfying reading. This is a story about war, violence, mental illness, love, hatred, and, perhaps most of all, the will to survive and the healing power of forgiveness, all powerfully rendered by a master storyteller. VERDICT Recommended for fans of family dramas from Oates, such as We Were the Mulvaneys. [See Prepub Alert, 8/5/13.]—Evelyn Beck, Piedmont Technical Coll., Greenwood, SC
The New York Times Book Review - Liesl Schillinger
At the Brooklyn Museum, an exhibit called War/Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath…featured a photograph by Nina Berman of a young Marine sergeant, Ty Ziegel, who was horrifically injured and disfigured by a suicide bomb in Iraq in 2004. Returning home, he underwent scores of surgeries and in 2006 married his sweetheart in Illinois. The marriage didn't last, and Ziegel died in December 2012. But nobody who saw the "Marine Wedding" series will be able to forget him—or the damage wrought by war on his body, his life and his family. Joyce Carol Oates's new novel puts the homecoming of a similarly wounded warrior at its center, doing with words what the Berman portraits did with images…again and again, Oates shows how perilous it is to assign guilt, and how hard it is to draw the line between victim and perpetrator in a blurred moral landscape in which every crime, on the battlefield or on the home front, is a crime of conscience.
New York Times Book Review
“…Oates shows how perilous it is to assign guilt, and how hard it is to draw the line between victim and perpetrator in a blurred moral landscape in which every crime, on the battlefield or on the home front, is a crime of conscience.”
Daily Beast
“For pages on end it is a compelling mediation on belief, betrayal, and grief. Oates has written a good book. I’d recommend it. What does it matter if it is or is not a war novel. The best war novels aren’t war novels at all. They become something bigger.”
Washington Post
“…brilliant…amazing…. A compassionate tenderness suffuses the final sections of the book, as palpable as the cold irony with which the book begins. It’s a breathtaking effect…”
Lettres 2014 Readers Prize Elle
“Oates, working at the top of her formidable game, handily won over more of our readers with this raw, suspenseful, ‘real and immersive’ stream-of-consciousness tale.”
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“a well-told tale of family, grief and faith”
Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Irresistible page-turner and heady intellectual experience… Oates continues to make her mark as one of the greatest American writers of our time.”
Philadelphia Inquirer
“Emphatically and artfully explores the subject of physical and emotional distances between loved ones, the various expanses between who individuals are, were, or could be, and the often barely perceptible gaps between guilt and innocence.”
Roanoke Times
“…one of America’s greatest writers…”
Booklist
“After her lavishly imagined, supernatural historical novel, The Accursed (2013), Oates turns in the latest of her intensely magnified studies of a family in crisis and the agony of a misfit girl.”
NPR
“Joyce Carol Oates has outdone herself.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062208149
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/21/2014
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
264,108
File size:
987 KB

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, and has been several times nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including the national bestsellers We Were the Mulvaneys, Blonde, which was nominated for the National Book Award, and the New York Times bestseller The Falls, which won the 2005 Prix Femina. Her most recent novel is A Book of American Martyrs. 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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Carthage 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
bookwormRW More than 1 year ago
Joyce Carol Oates cuts to the bone! I couldn't put this one down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought the book was rather slow. The ending was odd.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Only half-way through, have been spell-bound from the start. Awe-struck by Oates' diversity with subject-matter, depth and complexity of characters, and ability to create a setting that is visually detailed and tangible.
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This has every thing but the kitchen sink in it a mish mosh rather than burn out or writers block author is a hoarder saves every literary device
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was brilliant.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Boring. Repetative slog through overbearing, over written, condescending tripe about love, war, and humanity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Same old same old and could this be another hidden ghost writter without credit?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i haven't read the book yet but having grown up not far from Carthage i fell the need to say that it is NOT in the Adirondacks, although they are not far, and it is NOT in Appalachia! some of these reviewers need to check the map!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cant wait to read because it about war, love ,humanity and more
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