THE FRIDAY 56

Here comes our exciting Friday Meme from Storytime with Tonya.

Here’s’ how it works:

Rules:
* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of this blog.
*Post a link along with your post back to this blog.
* Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

HAPPY FRIDAY!

I have a short stack of books that sit on the shelves to the right of my computer station.  They move and shift from their places as they finally earn a spot on my week’s current reads.

Today I picked up a book by Joyce Carol Oates, called Man Crazy. It has been on my TBR piles, in various stages, for way too long!

It should move on up, don’t you think?

I’d erased him from my thoughts completely but here he is.

Momma doesn’t seem surprised, much.  Or impressed.

Here’s an Amazon blurb:

Fresh from the triumph of We Were the Mulvaneys, Joyce Carol Oates continues her exploration of family love and possibilities of human redemption with this compelling story of how one young woman suffers profoundly in the pursuit of love, but manages to emerge safe and whole. Set in several towns on the Chatauqua River in upstate New York, Man Crazy tells the story of Ingrid Boone, who at age eight is taken into hiding by her beautiful young mother, Chloe. Sought by the men who have taunted Chloe, the authorities, and Ingrid’s loving but volatile father still haunted by memories of Vietnam, Ingrid and her mother fight to survive both together and apart. “Man crazy” is the label assigned to teenage Ingrid, whose desperate need to find a substitute for her father’s affection makes her easy prey for the charismatic leader of a violent cult. Eventually, the police surround the cult compound and a tense standoff erupts in bullets and flames. Ingrid escapes to rebuild her life, and Oates’ depiction of this severely damaged young woman’s slow but miraculous process of healing stands as one of the most brilliant portraits she has ever created. Oates’ gift for haunting imagery reaches new heights in this emotionally resonant work.

This will be published simultaneously with the Dutton release of a major new novel from Oates, My Heart Laid Bare. We Were the Mulvaneys was a national bestseller.

What unexpected treasures did you find this week?  I hope you’ll stop by and share.

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