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The Resource My life as a rat : a novel, Joyce Carol Oates, (electronic resource)

My life as a rat : a novel, Joyce Carol Oates, (electronic resource)

Label
My life as a rat : a novel
Title
My life as a rat
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Joyce Carol Oates
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"A painful truth of family life: the most tender emotions can change in an instant. You think your parents love you but is it you they love, or the child who is theirs?" ?Joyce Carol Oates, My Life as a Rat Which should prevail: loyalty to family or loyalty to the truth? Is telling the truth ever a mistake and is lying for one's family ever justified? Can one do the right thing, but bitterly regret it? My Life as a Rat follows Violet Rue Kerrigan, a young woman who looks back upon her life in exile from her family following her testimony, at age twelve, concerning what she knew to be the racist murder of an African-American boy by her older brothers. In a succession of vividly recalled episodes Violet contemplates the circumstances of her life as the initially beloved youngest child of seven Kerrigan children who inadvertently "informs" on her brothers, setting into motion their arrests and convictions and her own long estrangement. Arresting and poignant, My Life as a Rat traces a life of banishment from a family?banishment from parents, siblings, and the Church?that forces Violet to discover her own identity, to break the powerful spell of family, and to emerge from her long exile as a "rat" into a transformed life
Summary
Exiled from her family and church since the age of 12 for testifying honestly about a racist murder, a young woman reflects on the wrenching choice she was forced to make between her family and the truth
Theme
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Character
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10776377
Cataloging source
B@L
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1938-
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Oates, Joyce Carol
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3565.A8
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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True
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  • Betrayal
  • Life change events
  • Reflection (Philosophy)
  • Alienation (Social psychology)
  • Families
  • Murder
  • Self-realization in women
  • Fiction
  • Literature
  • FICTION / Literary
Target audience
adult
Label
My life as a rat : a novel, Joyce Carol Oates, (electronic resource)
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Publication
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780062899903
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372da34a-7962-4f0c-9e06-3cfc498a925c
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unknown sound
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  • other
  • remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1102454500
  • on1102454500
  • 3173516
Label
My life as a rat : a novel, Joyce Carol Oates, (electronic resource)
Link
Publication
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780062899903
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
372da34a-7962-4f0c-9e06-3cfc498a925c
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1102454500
  • on1102454500
  • 3173516

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