Book 42: Middle Age – A Romance by Joyce Carol Oates
I have always enjoyed Joyce Carol Oates’ writing, from the time I first read Garden of Earthly Delights back in high school. Now that I am … um … no longer in high school, the title of this book appealed to me right away.
This was a very enjoyable and thought-provoking novel about the inhabitants of a wealthy suburb of New York. After the accidental and heroic death of one of their favorite gentleman artists, they discover that he was not necessarily who he appeared to be … and neither is anyone else! This is personality study at its finest, with plenty of humor, pathos and wisdom to spare. For anyone facing middle age – or refusing to do so – enjoy the ride that this book takes you on!