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.
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…
View original post 81 more words