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The Rise of Life on Earth

Oates, Joyce Carol

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ISBN 10: 0811211711 / ISBN 13: 9780811211710
Published by New Directions Publishing Corporation, New York, NY, U.S.A., 1991
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: The Rise of Life on Earth

Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation, New York, NY, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.

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"Like most important writers―Joyce, Proust, Mann―she has an absolute identification with her material: the spirit of a society at a crucial point in its history."―Walter Clemens, Newsweek

Selected by The New York Times Book Review as one of the most notable books of 1991, Joyce Carol Oates's The Rise of Life on Earth is a memorable portrait of one of the "insulted and injured" of American society. Set in the underside of working-class Detroit of the '60s and '70s, this short, lyric novel sketches Kathleen Hennessy's violent childhood―shattered by a broken home, child-beating, and murder―and follows her into her early adult years as a hospital health-care worker. Overworked, underpaid, and quietly overzealous, Kathleen falls in love with a young doctor, whose exploitation of her sets the course of the remainder of her life, in which her passivity masks a deep fury and secret resolve to take revenge.

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The author draws the reader into the secret life of Kathleen Hennessy, a nurse's aide who, as both martyr and avenging angel, is a memorable portrait of one of the 'insulted and injured' of American society. Set in the underside of working-class Detroit of the '60s and '70s, this short, lyric novel sketches Kathleen's violent childhood-shattered by a broken home, child-beating, and murder-and follows her into her early adult years as a hospital health-care worker. Overworked, underpaid, and quietly overzealous, Kathleen falls in love with a young doctor, whose exploitation of her sets the course of the remainder of her life, in which her passivity masks a deep fury and secret resolve to take revenge.

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