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THEM, JOYCE CAROL OATES

 As powerful and relevant today as it on its initial publication, them chronicles the tumultuous lives of a family living on the edge of ruin in the Detroit slums, from the 1930s to the 1967 race riots. Praised by The Nation for her “potent, life-gripping imagination,” Oates traces the aspirations and struggles of Loretta Wendall, a dreamy young mother who is filled with regret by the age of sixteen, and the subsequent destinies of her children, Maureen and Jules, who must fight to survive in a world of violence and danger.

Winner of the National Book Award, them is an enthralling novel about love, class, race, and the inhumanity of urban life. It is, raves The New York Times, “a superbly accomplished vision.”

Them is the third novel in the Wonderland Quartet. The books that complete this acclaimed series, A Garden of Earthly DelightsExpensive People, and Wonderland, are also available from the Modern Library.

Winner of the 1970 National Book Award

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  • Jeanne Eiseman T.

    Awesome as always. Sorry more people didn't make it. Great discussion.

    May 18, 2012

  • Cathy

    Almost done! Sat on deck reading after actually getting out of work on time today!

    May 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Everyone - Thursday will be my first book club meeting with your group. I am really looking forward to it. I am loving "Them." I'm on page 320 (of 546) so I think that I'll actually finish too.

    Cathy, if we're reading the same edition, we are at about the same spot. Hoping laundry and everything else doesn't get in the way of finishing most of the rest today.

    See you Thursday

    Heidi

    1 · May 13, 2012

  • Cathy

    I know I'm going to right down to the wire with it myself. Have about 200 pages to go, plan on trying thru most of it today. Darn laundry, housekeeping and shopping are going to interfere tho...

    May 13, 2012

  • Cathy

    Questions are posted in DISCUSSIONS TAB>MESSAGE BOARD

    May 8, 2012

  • Cathy

    geez I forgot Cutting for Stone

    April 30, 2012

  • Cathy

    OK--I looked through my reading list and Pinterest and finalized my top ten:
    The Alchemist
    Brave New World
    Poisonwood Bible
    Screwtape Letters
    Snowflower and the Secret Fan
    Animal Farm
    A Dog's Purpose
    To Kill a Mockingbird
    Virgin Suicides
    one of vonnegut's--hard to choose which was the best one
    probably have to make it top 11 and add "1984"
    I'm sure as I think the list will change but this is it for now!!

    April 19, 2012

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