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First Love by Joyce Carol Oates
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Jul 04, 07

Read in July, 2006

The subtitle: "A Gothic Tale," prepares the reader for the stylized prose, and mysterious, dark, pastoral setting: many of the literary tropes of gothic literature. Typically the protagonist is a young female, sexually innocent, and full of curiosity. The prose is a bit...breathy at times, but I really enjoyed the book as a whole, including the lovely engravings.
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