The falls: a novel
A stunning, major achievement from Joyce Carol Oates, "one of the great artistic forces of our time" (The Nation). A haunting story of the powerful spell Niagara Falls casts upon two generations of a family, leading to tragedy, love, loss, and, ultimately, redemption.
A man climbs over the railings and plunges into Niagara Falls. A newlywed, he has left behind his wife, Ariah Erskine, in the honeymoon suite the morning after their wedding. "The Widow Bride of The Falls," as Ariah comes to be known, begins a relentless, seven-day vigil in the mist, waiting for his body to be found. At her side throughout, confirmed bachelor and pillar of the community Dirk Burnaby is unexpectedly transfixed by the strange, otherworldly gaze of this plain, strange woman, falling in love with her though they barely exchange a word. What follows is their passionate love affair, marriage, and children -- a seemingly perfect existence.
But the tragedy by which their life together began shadows them, damaging their idyll with distrust, greed, and even murder. What unfurls is a drama of parents and their children; of secrets and sins; of lawsuits, murder, and, eventually, redemption. As Ariah's children learn that their past is enmeshed with a hushed-up scandal involving radioactive waste, they must confront not only their personal history but America's murky past: the despoiling of the landscape, and the corruption and greed of the massive industrial expansion of the 1950s and 1960s.
Set against the mythic-historic backdrop of Niagara Falls, Joyce Carol Oates explores the American family in crisis, but also America itself in the mid-twentieth century. As in We Were the Mulvaneys, a "darkly engrossing novel" (Washington Post Book World), she examines what happens when the richly interwoven relationships of parents and their children are challenged by circumstances outside the family.
The Falls is a love story gone wrong and righted, and it alone places Joyce Carol Oates definitively in the company of the great American novelists.
Love Canal Chemical Waste Landfill (Niagara Falls, N.Y.) -- Fiction
Niagara Falls (N.Y.) -- Fiction
Niagara Falls (N.Y. and Ont.) -- Fiction
Suicide victims -- Family relationships -- Fiction
Waterfalls -- Fiction
Widows -- Fiction
Women -- New York (State) -- Fiction
Level 6.3, 26 Points
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It is 1950 and, after a disastrous honeymoon night, Ariah Erskine's young husband throws himself into the roaring waters of Niagara Falls. Ariah, "the Widow Bride of the Falls," begins a relentless seven-day vigil in the mist, waiting for his body to be found. At her side is confirmed bachelor and pillar of the community Dirk Burnaby, who is unexpectedly drawn to her. What follows is a passionate love affair, marriage, and family -- a seemingly perfect existence. But tragedy soon takes over their lives, poisoning their halcyon years with distrust, greed, and murder.
Set against the mythic-historic backdrop of Niagara Falls in the mid-twentieth century, this haunting exploration of the American family in crisis is a stunning achievement from "one of the great artistic forces of our time" (The Nation).This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.
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|isbn||9780060722289, 9780061742811, 9780792744108|
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|owning_library_catalog||Nashville Public Library|
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|publishDate||2004, 2006, 2009|
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|subject_facet||Love Canal Chemical Waste Landfill (Niagara Falls, N.Y.) -- Fiction, Niagara Falls (N.Y. and Ont.) -- Fiction, Niagara Falls (N.Y.) -- Fiction, Suicide victims -- Family relationships -- Fiction, Waterfalls -- Fiction, Widows -- Fiction, Women -- New York (State) -- Fiction|
|title_display||The falls : a novel|
|title_full||The Falls, The Falls A Novel, The falls : a novel / Joyce Carol Oates|
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|topic_facet||Family relationships, Fiction, Suicide victims, Waterfalls, Widows, Women|