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Black Water | [Joyce Carol Oates]

Black Water

On Grayling Island, off the coast of Maine, Kelly Kelleher meets the Senator at a Fourth of July beach party. He is old enough to be her father; she is young enough to find his attention flattering. And with an optimism born of inexperience, she believes she can take care of herself. As evening approaches, the two move unaware toward a shattering appointment with destiny. When the Senator offers Kelly a ride to the ferry, it is not love but death that awaits her.
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On Grayling Island, off the coast of Maine, Kelly Kelleher meets the Senator at a Fourth of July beach party. He is old enough to be her father; she is young enough to find his attention flattering. And with an optimism born of inexperience, she believes she can take care of herself. As evening approaches, the two move unaware toward a shattering appointment with destiny. When the Senator offers Kelly a ride to the ferry, it is not love but death that awaits her.

©1993 Joyce Carol Oates; (P)2009 Phoenix

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    What would have made Black Water better?

    Only to cut it to 4 pages


    What could Joyce Carol Oates have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not repeat Anna repeat and...repeat


    Would you be willing to try another one of Amanda Plummer’s performances?

    Off course


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Carol Oates writes so good, so why this abberation?

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    Joyce Carol Oates once again explores the aching heart of a situation. JCO fans who love that sort of exploration will love this; I am ; I did.

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