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Expensive People by Joyce Carol Oates
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May 02, 12

Read from April 05 to 27, 2012

I love JCO. There is just something about the way she writes that pleases a part of me that no other writer has ever touched. Expensive People is a peculiar story, but JCO makes it seem almost normal and perfectly plausible that this is a real story being told by a young man recounting his childhood. I'd say most JCO fans would appreciate this book, but it might be a little too dry for those not familiar with her work. There's a lot of telling instead of showing and the frame story of this being a memoir can get a little gimmicky. But overall, it's a solid story and I'm glad that I took the time to read it. I think it's remarkable that it was written in the 60's but does not seem dated at all. It's like JCO knew that people would be reading it for many years to come and found a way to make it relatable across the decades.
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