Little Bird of Heaven by Joyce Carol Oates

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Little Bird of Heaven

Joyce Carol Oates

4 book marks

Joyce Carol Oates is an excellent writer and does a great job pulling you into this story of a murdered woman and two families that fall apart. I think she shows just how complicated and destructive family relationships can be. What I think is most interesting is how Oates’ main characters still cling to the idea of family, despite their estrangement.

I have seen criticism of her writing style, saying it’s too repetitive and rambling. In this story, I think maybe she’s trying to show the way her characters are processing their thoughts and trying to cope by repeating themselves, a very human behavior.

I was a little frustrated with the ending, not quite believing that Krissy would be satisfied with what is revealed. I also did not fully buy into the attraction between Krissy and Aaron.

This is not a nice story. It’s often twisted, ugly, violent and depressing. But I liked it anyway because it made me think about and cheer for the characters, hoping they would find a way to happiness. It’s a hard read, though, and now I want to read something to make me laugh.

Oates can be difficult to read because of her intensity, but I appreciate the depth of her characters and I always come back for more.

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3 thoughts on “Little Bird of Heaven by Joyce Carol Oates

  1. Reblogged this on Book Club Mom and commented:

    From the early archives: Little Bird of Heaven by Joyce Carol Oates.

    I’ve always liked books by Joyce Carol Oates, but they are often intense like this one. I think she’s an excellent writer, always leaving me with a lot to think about.

    Here’s one of my early reviews – my review style was a little different back then, but I think this review will give you a good idea about the book.

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