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.
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.
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.