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Litt Bird Heaven Lp

by Joyce Carol Oates
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Product Details

  • Publisher: HarperLuxe
  • Publishing date: 01/09/2009
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 9780061885945
  • ISBN: 0061885940


Joyce Carol Oates returns with a dark, romantic, and captivating tale, set in the Great Lakes region of upstate New York—the territory of her remarkably successful New York Times bestseller The Gravedigger's Daughter.

Set in the mythical small city of Sparta, New York, this searing, vividly rendered exploration of the mysterious conjunction of erotic romance and tragic violence in late-twentieth-century America returns to the emotional and geographical terrain of acclaimed author Joyce Carol Oates's previous bestsellers We Were the Mulvaneys and The Gravedigger's Daughter.

When a young wife and mother named Zoe Kruller is found brutally murdered, the Sparta police target two primary suspects, her estranged husband, Delray Kruller, and her longtime lover, Eddy Diehl. In turn, the Krullers' son, Aaron, and Eddy Diehl's daughter, Krista, become obsessed with each other, each believing the other's father is guilty.

Told in halves in the very different voices of Krista and Aaron, Little Bird of Heaven is a classic Oates novel in which the lyricism of intense sexual love is intertwined with the anguish of loss, and tenderness is barely distinguishable from cruelty. By the novel's end, the fated lovers, meeting again as adults, are at last ready to exorcise the ghosts of the past and come to terms with their legacy of guilt, misplaced love, and redemptive yearning.

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  • Did not like it
    From Amazon

    This is one of the least enjoyable books I've read by Oates. It is far too slow moving and repetitive. Just not one of my favorites. I couldn't finish it.

  • I Couldn't Finish This One
    From Amazon

    This novel by Oates is so unrelentingly depressing that I gave up about mid-way through. The events are told haltingly with all sorts of sentence fragments and jerky tropes by, Krista, the daughter of Eddy Diehl. Eddy is the sort of macho, uneducated, working class, physically imposing male that Oates seems to find sexually exciting. He fits that male stereotype that some women just cannot seem to resist. He's violent, unpredictable, and addicted. Hmmm! With a guy like that you never know what's next. What fun!? No. His daughter, Krista, has the hots for him in an intense Oedipal way--or I guess you call it "the Electra Complex" when it's the daughter's compulsion for the father. And this seems to be what the novel is all about. How much Krista loves Daddy despite what a jerk he is. He tries to present himself as a victim and feels sorry for himself like so many macho men do, but it won't go with anyone but Krista. Indeed, every character in the novel struck me as an unredeemed jerk, unworthy of our attention. The story is set in upstate New York where I live. I'm familiar with Utica, Herkimer County, Watertown, etc. where the events take place. There's a lot to be sad about in Upstate New York, but it's not nearly as bad as Oates makes it. It's not all crime, addiction, hatred, violence, and ignorance--although there is a lot of unemployment just now. Read The Gravedigger's Daughter by Oates. (See my Amazon review.) It has the same setting, and an Eddy Diehl-type character plays a key role, but it is, unlike Little Bird of Heaven, a literary masterpiece. It's too bad this book is such a loser. It's got a wonderful title.

  • Disappointing Oates
    From Amazon

    I read this after seeing Oates on stage in conversation at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco. She said her attempt was to portray the phenomenon of what happens when a family member is accused of a crime but subsequently never acquitted--how a cloud of disrepute continues to hang over that person within the community. Of course Oates is a skilled storyteller. But what unpleasant characters; not a single one I'd want to meet. The book could have benefited from better editing as well.

  • Slow Reading
    From Amazon

    Although I consider myself to be a major fan of JCO, this book was very hard to get into. Krista's story was so full of redundant details that kept leading up to a parallel set of expectations (Dad, Aaron) that never actually materialized. None of the characters ever pulled me in and, while I had some sympathy for the situation, I never felt that I could relate to any of the characters. All in all, this wasn't her best writing.

  • repetitious
    From Amazon

    I read a lot and this is the first time I have felt the need to write a review opinion. I choose this book because of the great ratings from previous readers. The story sounded interesting. But this was not the case. I am very surprised it got such good reviews from others. There was so much unnecessary repetition. As a reader you have to reread the same statements and feelings over and over. The conclusion was not all that great either. I would not recommend this book

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