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Post Re: Suggestions needed for our September/October fiction discussion
Thank you for the suggestion, Suzanne, to start my own book discussion of The Lost Valley (1921) by J. M. Walsh in the unlikely event it is not the finalist. Doing that would not have occurred to me if you had not mentioned that as an option.

I like your suggestion of a Joyce Carol Oates book even more than my own now. She appears to be a well-regarded as well as popular author.

About ten years ago, while browsing in my library, I noticed her works spanned an entire shelf and overflowed into a second one. I was curious about that because I knew nothing of her. So, I picked one of the books at random, an earlier one I believe, whose title I no longer recall. I read the first 15 pages or so, but it didn't grab my interest; I put it down and never picked it up again. So, I still don't know what her appeal is! But I am willing and eager to give her another try. My point is that some of her work may very well be more accessible than others.

I therefore think we would be wise to be careful in selecting the work we read in order that it have the optimum chance of appealing to a first-time reader of her corpus. Perhaps we could solicit some advice on which work would be best for our purposes from a well-versed Joyce Carol Oates afficionado? Or is there a literary reason in particular you were recommending The Falls?

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Post Re: Suggestions needed for our September/October fiction discussion
A good way to sample the writing of Joyce Carol Oates would be to read some of her short stories.

Wild Nights was really good.

http://www.amazon.com/Wild-Nights-Stori ... 0061434795

I started reading JCO when I was in HS. The first novel I ever read by her was, Them. This novel has also been praised by critics. Another novel of hers, Blonde, has also been praised as one of her best.

I believe Lindad suggested The Falls, maybe she will chime in as to other JCO novels that would be good for a disscusion.



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http://www.harpercollins.com/books/Blon ... Books_7275

Go to the site above to see descriptions of many of JCO's novels. I also enjoyed "We Were the Mulvaney's", among others. She has written 50 books. Quite a career.



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Post Re: Suggestions needed for our September/October fiction discussion
Are any of you interested in making some non-fiction suggestions? We have a thread up requesting non-fiction book suggestions but so far the thread is a ghost town.



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Yeah, I'll make a couple of suggestions. I don't usually go for the nonfiction selections, so I'm interested to see what book is picked this time.


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Post Re: Suggestions needed for our September/October fiction discussion
Thanks for mentioning that site, lindad. I read the description of several of her works - she sure likes short story collections - and found The Falls to appear the most interesting of them after all. A nice, juicy, complicated family drama!



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Post Re: Suggestions needed for our September/October fiction discussion
Suzanne: are you still looking for more fiction selections or are we ready to put this to the 'vote'?



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Post Re: Suggestions needed for our September/October fiction discussion
giselle wrote:
Suzanne: are you still looking for more fiction selections or are we ready to put this to the 'vote'?


I think it's time to put this to a vote. There will be two novels in the poll.

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

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The Falls by Joyce Carol Oates



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