American Appetites by Joyce Carol Oates PDF

By Joyce Carol Oates

ISBN-10: 0062269240

ISBN-13: 9780062269249

Ultimately again to print in a gorgeous new exchange paperback version, American Appetites is vintage Joyce Carol Oates—a suspenseful mystery within which the satisfied facade of an prosperous suburban couple crumbles below the burden of tragedy and scandal.

For twenty-six years, Ian McCullough, a demographics researcher at a social technological know-how imagine tank, has been fortunately married to Glynnis, a winning cookbook author and an excellent hostess.

When a drunken argument a few suspected infidelity turns actual, Ian by accident pushes Glynnis via a plate glass window—or did she fall? Now, Glynnis is useless, Ian is charged with homicide, and their American dream is shattered. and shortly, in a court docket the place guilt and accountability develop into very separate concerns, Ian will stand trial, battling for his life.

A refined, witty, and chilling novel from the incomparable Joyce Carol Oates, American Appetites explores our insatiable starvation for energy, love, and good fortune, and the way cozy, privileged lives—and the process fate—can be dramatically remodeled right away.

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The big syringe, and then a smaller syringe: the contrast and a little something to peel the edges back, to sedate him. ” He felt the squeeze. He felt lentil bile rise in his throat. The contrast sloshed through him like cold radioactive jelly. His mind was strange. He remembered the ambulance door opening, the feeling of relief that he’d made it there. And then the almost simultaneous rush up from his gut, the sensa­ tion of bringing up everything, vomiting up himself, so that in the end he was entirely raw, inside out, exposed.

A huge stack of “the book that Elvis loved most next to the Bible” is piled up by the register. From the title it sounds as though the book is relevant—somehow about him—The Im­ personal Life. Richard picks up a copy; his stomach is growling. The martini is wearing off. He makes a plan—pay for the book and walk down the block to the grocery store, buy some food, go home, eat, read, and call it a night. Outside, a blind woman is bent over, picking up dog shit. She’s patting the ground, trying to find it.

Just my parents—they’re Jewish,” he says. ” “Do you think that’s it, depression? ” “I meant that your parents were children of the Depression. I’m going to draw some blood. ” Something about Lusardi is unusual. He has more hair than most men, he looks like a guy who has to shave a couple of times a day, a heavy beard, a thick head of hair, almost like a helmet protecting his head. And he seems too young. ” “Psychological internist—it’s new. They realized that peo­ ple want to be not just examined but listened to.

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