A Novel

Book - 2000 | 1st ed
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Publisher: New York : Ecco Press, c2000
Edition: 1st ed
Branch Call Number: FICTION OAT
Characteristics: 738 p. ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9780060196073


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An ambitious fictionalized account of Marilyn Monroe's many lives as well as an attempt to get beyond the carefully cultivated icon and into the interior of one of Hollywood's most enduring (and tragic) legends.

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Oct 07, 2013

First time reading Joyce Carol Oates and was not disappointed. It took me a bit to get into the book; I thought it was a little slow, but then it took off and I could not put it down. For such a dark story, she showed she could bring more substance to Marilyn Monroe than any other author I have read,
I will definitely read more of her books.

Jan 04, 2013

Oates has a unique talent for creating the most mesmerizing plots. This novel is part poem, part drama, part homage, a giant fresco designed to see one of the most known stars in a completely new light. What I find to be a coup de maître is the fact that Norma Jeane never disappears throughout all of Marilyn's life: a shy, scared girl looking for approval and terrified of failure. Monroe's life suddenly makes so much sense.
Far from being knowledgeable about Monroe's biography, I was transported through fact and fiction, never bored and slightly amazed at the sing song allure of the story which constantly pulls the reader back into the plot.
A haunting tale.

westcoastreader May 30, 2008

This book immediately grabbed my interest - using Marilyn's voice Oates details the escapades, romances, and Hollywood rumours that made her famous. If you like Oates you will love this one.

Dec 06, 2007

Finalist of the 2001 Pulitzer prize for fiction.


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westcoastreader May 30, 2008

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.


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