Them

Them

Paperback - 2006
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Joyce Carol Oates's Wonderland Quartet comprises four remarkable novels that explore social class in America and the inner lives of young Americans. 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 Delights , Expensive People, and Wonderland , are also available from the Modern Library.
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 2006.
Edition: 2006 Modern Library pbk. edition
ISBN: 9780345484406
Characteristics: xxxiv, 546 pages ;,19 cm.

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mwojewodzki
Apr 17, 2016

Probably one of the most evocative books about the 60's and the social upheaval of that time. Re-read it now and see the roots of today's movements.

patienceandfortitude Dec 15, 2014

I found the characters in the book to be unbelievable and it annoyed me that they were presented without a shred of compassion or heart from Oates. The only part of the book I found authentic was the letter that Maureen writes to Oates telling her how completely unsympathetic she is. Sadly, I agree.

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GrumpyDave
Dec 06, 2010

1970 National Book Award - Fiction

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