American Appetites by Joyce Carol Oates

By Joyce Carol Oates

Eventually back to print in a gorgeous new alternate paperback variation, American Appetites is vintage Joyce Carol Oates—a suspenseful mystery within which the satisfied facade of an prosperous suburban couple crumbles less than the load of tragedy and scandal.

For twenty-six years, Ian McCullough, a demographics researcher at a social technology imagine tank, has been fortunately married to Glynnis, a profitable cookbook author and a super hostess.

When a drunken argument a couple of suspected infidelity turns actual, Ian unintentionally pushes Glynnis via a plate glass window—or did she fall? Now, Glynnis is lifeless, Ian is charged with homicide, and their American dream is shattered. and shortly, in a court docket the place guilt and accountability turn into very separate matters, 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 luck, and the way cozy, privileged lives—and the process fate—can be dramatically remodeled right away.

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As soon as Nigel died, the images became less clear. I was searching for a light switch when a wall light on the upper floor came on and Nigel appeared once again. “Sometimes, it is impossible to fully grasp the good or evil of your deeds, of what you’ve done to someone. You judge everything according to your own standards. This is the most ridiculous thing about our world. There is a price for a bottle of water. You pay and buy it. Yet to somebody else it may not mean what it means to you. It means the world to somebody about to die in the desert.

A white cashmere sweater, an elegant laptop bag, or a bottle of perfume—he was still undecided. But then, what difference does it make anyway? Considering that, ultimately, he would buy none of these. That evening on his way home from work, as he passed Zincirlikuyu and made a right onto the road to Levent, he was listening to the radio program Women Sing Jazz. “Dear listeners, we continue with Ethel Waters’s ‘Stormy Weather’ …” There couldn’t have been a more fitting selection. He tapped along on the steering wheel.

The noise of the backgammon and rummikub games in full swing in the coffeehouse was drowned out by occasional thunder; sporadic lightning illuminated the horses on their sorrowful watch. Finally, an old driver piped up, “I know this house. It’s where that foreigner stays. ” The other drivers agreed, conceding those fateful words like the performers in an ancient tragedy. One offered a cigarette to another, and the third threw me a furtive glance before stepping into the coffeehouse. “Let me take you there,” said the old driver.

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