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The Resource My life as a rat : a novel, Joyce Carol Oates, (text large print)

My life as a rat : a novel, Joyce Carol Oates, (text large print)

Label
My life as a rat : a novel
Title
My life as a rat
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Joyce Carol Oates
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Which should prevail: loyalty to family or loyalty to the truth? Is telling the truth ever a mistake and is lying for one's family ever justified? Can one do the right thing, but bitterly regret it? My Life as a Rat follows Violet Rue Kerrigan, a young woman who looks back upon her life in exile from her family following her testimony, at age twelve, concerning what she knew to be the racist murder of an African-American boy by her older brothers. In a succession of vividly recalled episodes Violet contemplates the circumstances of her life as the initially beloved youngest child of seven Kerrigan children who inadvertently "informs" on her brothers, setting into motion their arrests and convictions and her own long estrangement. Arresting and poignant, My Life as a Rat traces a life of banishment from a family -- banishment from parents, siblings, and the Church -- that forces Violet to discover her own identity, to break the powerful spell of family, and to emerge from her long exile as a "rat" into a transformed life
Summary
Exiled from her family and church since the age of 12 for testifying honestly about a racist murder, a young woman reflects on the wrenching choice she was forced to make between her family and the truth
Theme
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Character
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10776377
Cataloging source
MLSOD
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1938-
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Oates, Joyce Carol
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3565.A8
LC item number
M9 2019b
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Exile (Punishment)
  • African American boys
  • Hate crimes
  • Alienation (Social psychology)
  • Families
  • Betrayal
  • Life change events
  • Reflection (Philosophy)
  • Self-realization in women
Target audience
adult
Label
My life as a rat : a novel, Joyce Carol Oates, (text large print)
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
First HarperLuxe edition.
Extent
558 pages (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9780062911513
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Specific material designation
large print
System control number
  • on1090899291
  • (OCoLC)1090899291
Label
My life as a rat : a novel, Joyce Carol Oates, (text large print)
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
First HarperLuxe edition.
Extent
558 pages (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9780062911513
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Specific material designation
large print
System control number
  • on1090899291
  • (OCoLC)1090899291

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