Little Bird Of Heaven: A Novel by Joyce Carol OatesLittle Bird Of Heaven: A Novel by Joyce Carol Oates

Little Bird Of Heaven: A Novel

byJoyce Carol Oates

Paperback | November 20, 2012

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A searing exploration of the mysterious conjunction of erotic romance and tragic violence in late-twentieth-century America, Little Bird of Heaven returns to the emotional and geographical terrain of acclaimed author Joyce Carol Oates's previous bestsellers We Were the Mulvaneys and The Gravedigger's Daughter.

When young wife and mother Zoe Kruller is found brutally murdered, the police target two suspects: her estranged husband, Delray Kruller, and her longtime lover, Eddy Diehl. In turn, the Krullers' son, Aaron, and Diehl's daughter, Krista, become obsessed with each other, each believing the other's father guilty. By novel's end, the fated lovers are at last ready to exorcise the ghosts of the past and come to terms with their legacy of guilt, misplaced love, and redemptive yearning.

Told in halves in the very different voices of Krista and Aaron, Little Bird of Heaven is classic Oates—where the lyricism of intense sexual love is intertwined with the anguish of loss, and tenderness is barely distinguishable from cruelty.

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:Little Bird Of Heaven: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 8.1 × 5.3 × 1.1 inPublished:November 20, 2012Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061829846

ISBN - 13:9780061829840


Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not great I know many people who love JCO, and count her as one of their favorite authors, but honestly, after reading/trying to read Zombie, Man Crazy, Foxfire, We Were the Mulvaynes and Little Bird of Heaven, I'm just not seeing it. It's not the subject matter, or the writing style per se, they just don't resonate. This novel centers around 2 families in a fictional town in Upstate New York, the is is the story of two American families - the Krullers and the Diehls, Their lives become intertwined after a brutal murder, and the resulting obsession with solving it.
Date published: 2018-02-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent, but not for me Oates has quite the catalogue and I have read some of her work that I really enjoyed and others that I have hated. This falls somewhere between. The premise is intriguing and there is a lot of family drama and unresolved conflict. But it is also a slow burner (in which the flame never really catches) and wasn't my type of novel. If it seems interesting to you and you like Oates then try it.
Date published: 2016-12-06

Editorial Reviews

“[This is] the novelist at her brooding best . . . a seamless, satisfying tale of small-town life where...the long-smoldering relationships among the residents can often be like ‘tangled roots, beneath the surface of the earth.’”