|Because It Is Bitter, and Because It Is My Heart|
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Because It Is Bitter, and Because It Is My Heart, by Oates, Joyce Carol. Dutton: New York, 1990. Edition: First Editoin stated. ISBN: 0525248609. Hardcover, 405 pages. Quarter bound in red cloth over blue, paper-covered boards; title in gilt lettering on spine; Author in reverse silver box on spine. Jacket: Red backgroun, blue lettering, with authors name reversed in orange over dark blue.
Condition: Book: Very Good. Lower spine bumped; lower corners lightly worn; small smudges on page edges. Jacket: Very Good. Some chipping and small closed earts at corners and spine ends.
Contents: From the jacket
In a small city in upstate New York, in the decade before the upsurge of the civil rights movement, when racial prejudice seemed inflexible and habitual, we are introduced to two families struggling to advance themselves -- the Courtneys, who are white, and the Fairchilds, who are black. The invisible color line separates them, each family is secure (or seems so) in its own world, but there is a strange, virtually subterranean link. When Iris Courtney is a young girl, she is the only witness to a murderous street fight between Jinx Fairchild and a white man who has threatened her. A bond of passion and guilt is formed between the two -- at first unstated, then slowly, year by year, gathering force until it must inevitably declare itself, and the consequences are fateful. Parallel to this story of extraordinary passion are the lives and struggles of the two families, the mirror images of each other, and of the country in which they live, each moves from a time of high promise to an age of embittered violence. Tragic and enthralling, BCAUSE IT IS BITTER AND BECAUSE IT IS MY HEART is one of Joyce Carol Oates's most significant achievements.
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