Little Bird of Heaven

Little Bird of Heaven

by Joyce Carol Oates
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Little Bird of Heaven by Joyce Carol Oates

Little Bird of Heaven by Joyce Carol Oates is a riveting story of love violently lost and found in late 20th century America. In this novel, Oates returns to the Buffalo, New York, region to brilliantly explore the dangerous intersections of romance and eroticism, guilt and obsession, desire and murder. Little Bird of Heaven, a soaring work by the New York Times bestselling author and a nominee for the 2009 Man Booker Prize—one of the world’s most prestigious literary awards—is as powerful and unforgettable as Joyce Carol Oates’s previous acclaimed novels The Gravedigger’s Daughter and We Were the Mulvaneys.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061959691
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/15/2009
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 406,882
File size: 685 KB

About 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.

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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Little Bird of Heaven 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
headinclouds More than 1 year ago
As always she delivers a dense portrait of characters in captivating situations. Highly recommended. Unbelievably my last order on line with B&N was delivered to me in 5 hours...How do they do that? I ordered it at 2:30 and it was in my home before I got home from work at 7:30. AMAZING.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1983 in Sparta, New York Zoe Kruller and Eddy Diehl are having an affair. She is a gentle beauty while he is kick butt tough guy. All is great between these opposites until her young son Aaron finds her murdered body. The police hone in on the two male adults in Zoe's life, her spouse and her lover. Five years after the homicide, the police arrive at Eddy's home. He refuses to cooperate and instead challenges the cops even as his horrified daughter Krista watches the macabre event as if it is a movie scene. He is shot down in what is called a suicide; case closed as far as the cops and the people of Sparta are concerned, but not the survivors. Instead their respective offspring are traumatized by events, but though they try to move on separately, neither can. Then they meet. LITTLE BIRD OF HEAVEN is a fabulous character study that looks deep at the offspring generation surviving a tragedy. Krista tells the tale, which focuses on psychological defense mechanism employed by her (denial her father might have done the deed) and by him (denial that his mom was having an affair). Neither is able to move past the respective defining moments in their lives, seeing the corpse of a parent who had a violent death. Fans will relish prolific author Joyce Carol Oates's latest psychological suspense as Krista and Aaron meet each other and the ghosts they carry inside their hearts. Harriet Klausner
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Drbentley More than 1 year ago
I love Joyce Carol Oates, but this book moves way way too slow. What a disappointment.
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lovetoreadMH More than 1 year ago
I just could not get into this book. I did not like the writing style. I thought I had read books of hers before, but this one just did not make me want to even continue.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very boring, uninteresting book. Not sure why I bothered finishing it.