The Falls - P.S. Author:Joyce Carol Oates It is 1950 and, after a disastrous honeymoon night, Ariah Erskine's young husband throws himself into the roaring waters of Niagara Falls. Ariah, "the Widow Bride of the Falls," begins a relentless seven-day vigil in the mist, waiting for his body to be found. At her side is confirmed bachelor and pillar of the community Dirk Burna... more »by, who is unexpectedly drawn to this plain, strange woman. What follows is a passionate love affair, marriage, and family -- a seemingly perfect existence. But the tragedy by which they were thrown together begins to shadow them, damaging their idyll with distrust, greed, and even murder.
Set against the mythic-historic backdrop of Niagara Falls in the mid-twentieth century, this haunting exploration of the American family in crisis is a stunning achievement from "one of the great artistic forces of our time" (The Nation).« less
This book has so much promise but does not impress in the end. There is no resolution to most of the storylines (death is not a resolution). Ariah, the main character, goes from being someone you admire to someone you can't stand. The author seems to enjoy spending hundreds of pages babbling on without getting to the point. I forced myself to finish, hoping it would be worth it in the end. Unfortunately, it was not.