The Outcast Oracle

The Outcast Oracle

by Laury A. Egan

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BN ID: 2940148768456
Publisher: Humanist Press, LLC
Publication date: 09/29/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 205
File size: 669 KB

About the Author

Laury A. Egan is the author of "Jenny Kidd," a psychological suspense novel, and" Fog and Other Stories", which was short-listed for a UK Saboteur Award. In addition to writing fiction, two poetry collections, "Snow, Shadow, a Stranger" and "Beneath the Lion’s Paw," were issued by FootHills Publishing as well as a chapbook, "The Sea & Beyond." Her work has appeared in over 35 literary journals and anthologies and has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes, Best of the Web, and Best of the Net.

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The Outcast Oracle 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
rdhartwell More than 1 year ago
I am a great admirer of Laury Egan's previous writing: poetry, short stories and adult novel. The Outcast Oracle was a new foray for me and I was NOT disappointed. I used to teach 7th and 8th grade English and Reading. While this book is a bit advanced for that general audience (although not because they are unaware of its subject matter or situations), I can recall some students for which I would recommend The Outcast Oracle. As for high school, I believe they would thoroughly enjoy this. I am not a believer in setting forth a summary of a piece. I believe authors, editors and other reviewers can entice you with those. What I do believe in providing is a perspective on the author's use of language, structure, characterization, and in the case of much of Ms Egan's writing, suspense. Suspense is increased with each chapter, reinvigorated with each added character, and paralleled by Charlene  "Charlie" Whitestone's increasing maturation and independence. The story is not so much a repetition of rise and fall, and ultimate climax, as it is a depiction of the roller-coaster ride of one very unique adolescent. As a teacher, I was always alert to finding new girl-centered novels. This story is seen entirely through Charlie's  fourteen-year-old, female eyes. But Charlie is an astute judge of the actions and motivations of others, sometimes to her credit, sometimes to her detriment, but always adding to her "education." The multiple characters, both present and absent, provide impetus to Charlie's emergence from girl to young woman. There is not a one-dimensional or static character in her world. Finally, Laury Egan's use of language remains superb. However, the metaphors and vocabulary are Charlie's, without authorial intrusion, and dialogue is true to each character. I did not "feel" I was reading a YA novel, even an advanced version of one, but rather a self-contained year in one young woman's life. I would love to learn about Charlie's next year or two or three; I believe we may! Ms Egan ends this novel on the cusp of the next stage of Charlie's life. We may yet travel farther and further with both Charlene and Laury. I hope so.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Outcast Oracle is a page-turning tour de force, full of humor, irony, winks at societal conventions, and serious revelations about the ruses and abuses of organized religion. This lively tale stars Charlene “Charlie” Beth Whitestone, an all-American teenage girl grappling with the pain of growing up, feeling alone, and finding her path through a thicket of family disasters. Hers will be one of the most enduring voices of contemporary fiction—humanist, feminist, or otherwise. She’ll make you think; she’ll make you laugh out loud.