A Book of American Martyrs

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A powerfully resonant and provocative novel from American master and New York Times bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates

In this striking, enormously affecting novel, Joyce Carol Oates tells the tory of two very different and yet intimately linked American families. Luther Dunphy is an ardent Evangelical who envisions himself as acting out God 's will when he assassinates an abortion provider in his small Ohio town while Augustus Voorhees, the idealistic doctor who is killed, leaves behind a ife and children scarred and embittered by grief.

In her moving, insightful portrait, Joyce Carol Oates fully inhabits the perspectives of two interwoven families whose destinies are defined by their warring convictions and squarely-but with great empathy-confronts an intractable, abiding rift in American society.

A ook of American Martyrs is a spectacular, timely depiction of an issue hotly debated on a national stage but which makes itself felt most lastingly in communities torn apart by violence and hatred.
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Published February 7th 2017 by Ecco
Original Title of the Book
A Book of American Martyrs
Number of Pages
752
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B01FQQPB9C

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This books is so ppropriate to the times in which we live.I do not know who should read this.

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The memoir is primarily about an abortion doctor who is shot down in cold blood in his clinic but it it told though the eyes of his brother as she tries to make sense of it.

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Coming practically on the heels of Brit Bennett 's The Mothers, I was not ure I was ready for another novel on the abortion dispute.

Joyce Carol Oates goes at the issue from a different direction than Brit Bennett did.

In the final denouement, which I confess I did see coming, she even offers some hope.Joyce Carol Oates is a strong cup of ea, not to all readers' liking.

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Who knows what else will come out in 2017, but this feels like it could be the book to nab the 2018 prize.

It definitely speaks to the American experience.

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Fathers, Be Good to Your DaughtersIn Brief: *Oates steps up to brew a tempest around the debates over legalized abortion in the U.S. -- mostly moral now, rather than legal.

I particularly applaud Oates for toeing the line between both sides of the moral debate over abortion and for capturing the essence and complexities of the murdering father, a man lesser authors would have likely given stock treatment as a backwards villain.

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Joyce Carol Oates ’ s new novell, “ A Nove of American Martyrs, ” arrives splattered with our country ’ s hot blood.

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At the end of this ook we have the murder of one man by another.

This book addresses abortion, murder, and the death penalty in tough ways but her opinion was never clear to me.

These were very human characters so my opinion of them often varied.This book choked me up several times and made me cry at the very beginnin.

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