By Joyce Carol Oates
Eventually back to print in a stunning new alternate paperback variation, American Appetites is vintage Joyce Carol Oates—a suspenseful mystery within which the chuffed facade of an prosperous suburban couple crumbles lower than the load of tragedy and scandal.
For twenty-six years, Ian McCullough, a demographics researcher at a social technological know-how imagine tank, has been fortunately married to Glynnis, a winning cookbook author and an excellent hostess.
When a drunken argument a couple of suspected infidelity turns actual, Ian by accident 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 the place guilt and accountability turn into very separate matters, Ian will stand trial, combating 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 reworked directly.
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By the time they were all outside and on their way, it was 6:10 and the sky was a deep purplish gray. Right on time. Meredith ran slowly at first, acclimating herself to the cold. As she did every weekday morning, she ran along the gravel road that led from her house, down past her parents舗 house, and out to the old single-lane road that ended about a mile up the hill. From there, she followed the loop out to the golf course and back. Four miles exactly. It was a routine she rarely missed; she had no choice, really.
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