We’re in the middle of a heat wave and my small studio is baking. It’s energy sapping heat and all l can do is sit in front of the fan and read.
And fall in love with a writer. I love Joyce Carol Oates writing style. As you can see this book was bought at an Op Shop for just a few dollars, and, when l bought it. l had no idea who Joyce Carol Oates was. I read the blub on the back, thought it sounded familiar(and interesting), so l got it.
What a find; what a writer. Her use of language is superb and it only took a few pages for me to realise just how talented a writer Oates is. For a book that spans only 154 pages, it covers a lot. Of course, what l realised was that this book is based on the infamous Chappauiddick incident that involved Ted Kennedy and Mary Jo Kopechne. Oates has reimagined the evening that led to Mary Jo’s death, and the end of Ted Kennedy’s Presidential race. It was 10 hours before the accident was reported to the police, and you can draw your own conclusions for that delay.
Oates’ protagonists are a Senator and young female aide. She also covers a certain time in American History with a beautifully crafted piece of work. It really is one of the best books l have read in a long while.
I will definitely seek out more of her work and give this novel 5 out 5 stars. Absolutely outstanding.