By Joyce Carol Oates
A riveting novel that explores the excessive rate of good fortune within the lifetime of one woman—the first lady president of a lauded ivy league institution—and her carry upon her self-identity within the face of non-public demons, from Joyce Carol Oates, writer of the New York Times bestseller A Widow’s Story
Mudgirl is a toddler deserted by means of her mom within the silty apartments of the Black Snake River. forged apart, Mudgirl survives by way of an coincidence of fate—or future. After her rescue, the well-meaning couple who undertake Mudgirl quarantine her toxic heritage at the back of the barrier in their middle-class values, doubtless sealing it off endlessly. however the bulwark of the current proves unusually prone to the brokers of the earlier.
Meredith “M.R.” Neukirchen is the 1st girl president of an Ivy League college. Her dedication to her profession and ethical fervor for her position are all-consuming. concerned with a mystery lover whose emotions for her are teasingly undefined, and anxious with the intensifying drawback of the yankee political weather because the usa edges towards warfare with Iraq, M.R. is faced with demanding situations to her management that attempt her in methods she couldn't have expected. The fierce idealism and intelligence that introduced her from a extra traditional lifestyles in her upstate manhattan place of origin now threaten to undo her.
A reckless journey upstate thrusts M.R. Neukirchen into an unforeseen psychic collision with Mudgirl and the existence M.R. believes she has left in the back of. a robust exploration of the long-lasting claims of the earlier, Mudwoman is instantly a psychic ghost tale and an intimate portrait of a lady cracking the glass ceiling at huge, immense own price, which explores the strain among formative years and maturity, the genuine and the imagined, and the “public” and “private” within the lifetime of a hugely advanced modern lady.
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Massive tissue damage, entry and exit wounds, no lodged bullets. 'Hollow points,' the pathologist said. ' Emerson turned and looked at the ornamental pool. Six bullets in there, he thought. Five through-and-throughs, and one miss. The pool was finally empty by nine fifteen. The fire department hoses started sucking air. All that was left was a quarter-inch of scummy grit, and a lot of trash. Emerson had the lights re-angled and sent twelve recruits from the Academy over the walls, six from one end and six from the other.
He reached the base of the wall and lay flat on the ground, pressed up tight against the raw concrete. Then he squirmed up into a sitting position. Then he knelt. He folded his right leg tight underneath him. He planted his left foot flat and his left shin vertical. He propped his left elbow on his left knee. Raised the rifle. Rested the end of the forestock on the top of the low concrete wall. Sawed it gently back and forth until it felt good and solid. Supported kneeling, the training manual called it.
Mudwoman by Joyce Carol Oates