My Sister, My Love

My Sister, My Love

The Intimate Story of Skyler Rampike

Book - 2008 | 1st ed.
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New York Times bestselling author of The Falls, Blonde, and We Were the Mulvaneys, Joyce Carol Oates returns with a dark, wry, satirical tale--inspired by an unsolved American true-crime mystery.

"Dysfunctional families are all alike. Ditto 'survivors.'"

So begins the unexpurgated first-person narrative of nineteen-year-old Skyler Rampike, the only surviving child of an "infamous" American family. A decade ago the Rampikes were destroyed by the murder of Skyler's six-year-old ice-skating champion sister, Bliss, and the media scrutiny that followed. Part investigation into the unsolved murder; part elegy for the lost Bliss and for Skyler's own lost childhood; and part corrosively funny expos#65533; of the pretensions of upper-middle-class American suburbia, this captivating novel explores with unexpected sympathy and subtlety the intimate lives of those who dwell in Tabloid Hell.

Likely to be Joyce Carol Oates's most controversial novel to date, as well as her most boldly satirical, this unconventional work of fiction is sure to be recognized as a classic exploration of the tragic interface between private life and the perilous life of "celebrity." In My Sister, My Love: The Intimate Story of Skyler Rampike, the incomparable Oates once again mines the depths of the sinister yet comic malaise at the heart of our contemporary culture.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780061547485
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Characteristics: 562 p.


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Sep 02, 2014

Deliciously satirical look at all that is wrong in the lifestyle of North American upper middle class from the point of view of a 19 year old. Fun read with lots of tongue in cheek comments.

Aug 14, 2008

This book has "its genesis in a notorious American "true crime mystery" of the late twentieth century", and it's not difficult to figure out the mystery on which it is based. However, it is acknowledged as a work of fiction, and my guess is it bears little resemblance to the real incident(s). However, it is a fascinating look at the consequences of the mysterious death of a child prodigy, written from an unexpected perspective and in an unusual voice (the "author" often speaks to the reader). I have to admit I was a teensy bit dissatisfied with the ending, but it didn't detract from my overall enjoyment of the work.

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