Blonde: A Novel by Joyce Carol OatesBlonde: A Novel by Joyce Carol Oates

Blonde: A Novel

byJoyce Carol Oates

Paperback | September 15, 2009

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One of <_st13a_country-region _w3a_st="on">America’s most acclaimed novelists boldly re-imagines one of <_st13a_country-region _w3a_st="on"><_st13a_place _w3a_st="on">America’s most enduring icons in Blonde—the National Book Award-nominated bestseller by Joyce Carol Oates. The legend of Marilyn Monroe—aka Norma Jeane Baker—comes provocatively alive in this powerful tale of <_st13a_place _w3a_st="on">Hollywood myth and heartbreaking reality. Marilyn Monroe lives—reborn to tell her untold history; her story of a star created to shine brightest in the <_st13a_place _w3a_st="on">Hollywood firmament before her fall to earth. Blonde is a dazzling fictional portrait of the intricate inner life of the idolized and desired movie star as only the inimitable Joyce Carol Oates could paint it.

Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Medal of Humanities, the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Book Award, and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, and has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time,...
Title:Blonde: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:752 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.21 inPublished:September 15, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061774359

ISBN - 13:9780061774355

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from “Acting is the loneliest profession I know.” This is a fictionalized "biography" of Marilyn Monroe, as imagined by Joyce Carol Oates. It's clear that a lot of research went into this, and the fact and fiction are woven together beautifully. I don't consider myself a fan of Marilyn Monroe, perhaps not even of Joyce Carol Oates- she is such a prolific author there's no way I'll get through all her books and some that I have I didn't bother to finish. Joyce's descriptions of a childhood shunted from orphanages to foster homes in between stints with a mentally ill mother are so well-written they are truly heartbreaking. There are moments of joy, of course, but I this is tempered by the incidents which she is used and not looked at as an actual person. I read a biography of Marilyn Monroe maybe 20 years ago. It was interesting, but I found this quasi-biography much more compelling.
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