My Heart Laid Bare (The Gothic Saga #4)
The book is about a family of con-artists that stumbles through life hoping to achieve infinite wealth and stumbling along the way. They are never honest with anyone or even themselves making the title ironic. Their plots and schemes are cer ...more
Finally returned to print in a beautiful paperback edition, a haunting gothic tale of a nineteenth-century immigrant family of confidence artists—a story of morality, duplicity, and retribution that explores the depths of human manipulation and vulnerability
The patriarch of the Licht family, Abraham has raised a brood of talented con artists, children molded in his image, and experts in The Game, his calling and philosophy of life. Traveling from one small town to the next across the continent,...more
Though fictionalized and contemporarily au ...more
The story of the confidence artist and his family was so engaging. By the middle of the book, I couldn’t help wondering where they would turn up ...more
I had a hard time getting into the book, but I have read so little from this time period that I wanted to keep going. At times the asides into different character's goings on made it hard to concentrate.
Another theme I liked was a character's realization that when you get your wish you realize it's not really your wish and no longer true. For me the book is a growing-up tale about how family changes and even thoug ...more
anyway this is a novel emerging out of a series of erotic/mysterious con-artist tales, she really has mastered a 19th century voice of skepticism and voyeurism marvelously well. i'm barely 100 pages in and still am just lea ...more
if anyone has a suggestion as to the BEST oates i would love to hear it. i REALLY REALLY REALLY wanted to like her because she has so much material out there that i figured she could keep me good and busy. but no such luck....