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Mudwoman by Joyce Carol Oates
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May 05, 12

Read in April, 2012

I really liked this because of its subject-a woman in academia, and all of the difficulties, i.e. sexism, backstabbing (real or imagined) she faces. I also work some at the University in question, so that is another thing that I was interested in. Although for the last several years I have found Oates's writing hard to take-too gory and depressing-in this one, she has mellowed, and, save for two painfully graphic descriptions,it was easier to digest. I don't know if anyone will come away with a really favorable review who doesn't believe that the world is a dangerous place and we, (read: women) must be vigilant in protecting our interests. But I am ever distrustful, and therefore, vigilant, so this book and its subject appealed greatly.
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