American Appetites by Joyce Carol Oates

By Joyce Carol Oates

Eventually lower back to print in a stunning new alternate paperback variation, American Appetites is vintage Joyce Carol Oates—a suspenseful mystery within which the satisfied facade of an prosperous suburban couple crumbles less 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 profitable cookbook author and a super hostess.

When a drunken argument a couple of suspected infidelity turns actual, Ian unintentionally 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 docket the place guilt and accountability turn into very separate matters, Ian will stand trial, scuffling with for his life.

A subtle, witty, and chilling novel from the incomparable Joyce Carol Oates, American Appetites explores our insatiable starvation for strength, love, and luck, and the way cozy, privileged lives—and the process fate—can be dramatically remodeled immediately.

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This shark that I will cut and soak in lime has a mouth made for eating darkness— an architecture built without a need for dawn. 13} love at thirty-two degrees I Today I dissected a squid, the late acacia tossing its pollen across the black of the lab bench. In a few months the maples will be bleeding. That was the thing: there was no blood only textures of gills folded like satin, suction cups like planets in rows. Be careful not to cut your finger, he says. But I’m thinking of fingertips on my lover’s neck last June.

Cioran We arrived too late for the sundial. The monks were bats circling stone paths: we watched the glow of their lamps in the garden as they pulled the onions for our meal. That night I dreamt you and I were walking underwater. Orange jellyfish rose like suns. We couldn’t speak. So slowly, we moved together against the tide. Until you disappeared into a submarine wood not unlike the one bordering the monastery that long night in Romania. * Near midnight, the monks sang through blue corridors of incense as if tuning the dark 25} to the low note of their devotion.

As if memory wasn’t a wound to bear. As if we could eat the fruit and forget the garden. Rugosas redolent in the summer night. Years later, walking back from dinner along the bastion in Alghero. Swordfish drizzled with virgin oil, rubbed with mint and saffron. Wild boar steamed in myrtle leaves. {20 Someone having a birthday, ‘‘Tanti auguri a te,’’ the words rising in the piazza— And suddenly the light, that light. The sanctuary with its silver offering bowls, the lepers singing. Here are the goblets filled with wine.

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