Rape: A Love Story by Joyce Carol Oates

Previously I had posted that I wanted to read 46 books in 46 Days. Well that didn’t happen. I chose a few books and ended up taking the rest back because I decided to go to school. I will read that list of books and I’ve actually finished one… Rape: A Love Story by Joyce Carol Oats

Rape: A Love Story by Joyce Carol OatsI must say that this was a heavy book to read. It is about Martine(Teena) and Bethie Maguire. This book follows the aftermath of a their lives and community after Bethie and her mother Teena are assaulted in a local park. Bethie was spared actual rape but she was not left unscathed by the community or the situation. I read this book in a few days but it renewed my sense of screenwriting. It could be an amazing Indie Film and most definitely Oscar material. Although that isn’t why anyone writes. I wonder why Joyce wrote this book. It left me with a disgusting feeling in the pit of my stomach as I read the words of victim blaming and the desperation of this community to hold these males accountable for what they did to this woman and her daughter. I would recommend this book for its rich and vivid descriptions and the rapid pace of the story. Easy read but very heavy. Next book… Department of Speculation.

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