Tuesday, August 02, 2005

A Garden of Earthly Delights by Joyce Carol Oates

When I did my Masters Thesis on Joyce Carol Oates in the 1980s, I thought I could keep up with her writing by reading everything she wrote for the rest of my life. How WRONG was I. This book, I may have read in its original form back in the day, but Oates decided to rewrite the novel a few years ago for a reissued publication. A Garden of Earthly Delights is the story of Clara, the daughter of a share cropper. I decided the early section of the book would make a good companion to The Grapes of Wrath for my AP students. I really enjoyed this book. I read most of it at Burr Oak State Park while vacationing with my husband's family to celebrate Grandpa Lackey's 80h birthday.

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