Expensive People

Expensive People

Book - 2006
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Joyce Carol Oates's Wonderland Quartet comprises four remarkable novels that explore social class in America and the inner lives of young Americans. In Expensive People, Oates takes a provocative and suspenseful look at the roiling secrets of America's affluent suburbs. Set in the late 1960s, this first-person confession is narrated by Richard Everett, a precocious and obese boy who sees himself as a minor character in the alarming drama unfolding around him.

Fascinated by yet alienated from his attractive, self-absorbed parents and the privileged world they inhabit, Richard incisively analyzes his own mismanaged childhood, his pretentious private schooling, his "successful-executive" father, and his elusive mother. In an act of defiance and desperation, eleven-year-old Richard strikes out in a way that presages the violence of ever-younger Americans in the turbulent decades to come.

A National Book Award finalist, Expensive People is a stunning combination of social satire and gothic horror. "You cannot put this novel away after you have opened it," said The Detroit News . "This is that kind of book-hypnotic, fascinating, and electrifying."

Expensive People is the second novel in the Wonderland Quartet. The books that complete this acclaimed series, A Garden of Earthly Delights , them, and Wonderland , are also available from the Modern Library.
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 2006
Edition: 2006 Modern Library pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780812976540
Branch Call Number: OATES J
Characteristics: xi, 224 p. ; 21 cm


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Nov 06, 2014

Rarely has it taken me this long to read a book. From the first page to the last i was unable to summon any emotion toward any of the characters. The writing style in the form of a narrative was annoying and difficult to read. Do not recommend this book.


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