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Because it is Bitter, and Because it is My Heart
Because it is Bitter and Because it is My Heart
Author: Joyce Carol Oates
In Hammond, New York, in the early 1950s, a young girl named Iris Courtney and her black friend Jinx Fairchild are united by a murder that they commit in self-defense. From this central moment, this novel weaves out the stories of two families that inter-cross across divisions of race and class.
ISBN-13: 9780525248606
ISBN-10: 0525248609
Publication Date: 4/30/1990
Pages: 405
Rating:
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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3.5 stars, based on 7 ratings
Publisher: E P Dutton
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette
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Helpful Score: 5
Wonderful storyline. I will just assume that the struggle to read this book is the author's effort to make the reader 'feel' the struggles of the characters...I will also assume that I have missed the whole point of the work.
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Helpful Score: 2
This is story of two people, Iris Courtney,who is white and Jinx Fairchild, a black basketball player, who in protecting Iris, kills a white man. It is about growing up in the 1950's and how one irrevocable act changes their lives.
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Helpful Score: 1
Very impacting novel involving racism and moral ambuigity. Well written and stays with you for quite a while after you finish the book!
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