The Sacrifice: A Novel

The Sacrifice: A Novel


New York Times bestselling writer Joyce Carol Oates returns with an incendiary novel that illuminates the tragic influence of sexual violence, racism, brutality, and tool on blameless lives and probes the patience of stereotypes, the character of revenge, the complexities of fact, and our insatiable starvation for sensationalism.

When a fourteen-year-old woman is the alleged sufferer of a poor act of racial violence, the incident shocks and galvanizes her group, exacerbating the racial rigidity that has been simmering during this New Jersey city for many years. during this magisterial paintings of fiction, Joyce Carol Oates explores the uneasy fault traces in a racially afflicted society. In any such stressful, charged surroundings, Oates unearths that there should always be a sacrifice—of innocence, fact, belief, and, eventually, of lives. Unfolding in a succession of multiracial voices, in a neighborhood transfixed via this alleged crime and the spectacle unfolding round it, this profound novel exposes what—and who—the “sacrifice” really is, and what results these kinds of occasions carry for us all.

Working on the peak of her powers, Oates deals a sympathetic portrait of the younger lady and her mom, and demanding situations our expectancies and ideology approximately our society, our biases, and ourselves. because the refrain of its voices—from the police to the media to the sufferer and her family—reaches a crescendo, The Sacrifice bargains a surprising new knowing of energy and oppression, innocence and guilt, fact and sensationalism, justice and retribution.

A chilling exploration of advanced social, political, and ethical themes—the enduring trauma of the previous, smooth racial and sophistication tensions, the ability of secrets and techniques, and the primal judgements all of us make to guard these we love—The Sacrifice is an incredible paintings of fiction from one among our such a lot respected literary masters.

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