A Book of American Martyrs: A Novel

By Joyce Carol Oates
Read by Neil Hellegers , Tavia GilbertKirsten Potter , Donna Postel , and David Colacci

24.73 Hours 02/07/2017 unabridged
Format: CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781470854256

  • ISBN: 9781470854263

  • ISBN: 9781470854270

In this striking, enormously affecting novel, Joyce Carol Oates tells the story of two very different and yet intimately linked American families. Luther Dunphy is an ardent Evangelical who envisions himself as acting out God’s will when he assassinates an abortion provider in his small Ohio town while Augustus Voorhees, the idealistic doctor who is killed, leaves behind a wife and children scarred and embittered by grief. In her moving, insightful portrait, Joyce Carol Oates fully inhabits the perspectives of two interwoven families whose destinies are defined by their warring convictions and squarely-but with great empathy-confronts an intractable, abiding rift in American society.  A Book of American Martyrs is a stunning, timely depiction of an issue hotly debated on a national stage but which makes itself felt most lastingly in communities torn apart by violence and hatred.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery and Thrillers

Washington Post Top 10 Book That We Loved

In this striking, enormously affecting novel, Joyce Carol Oates tells the story of two very different and yet intimately linked American families. Luther Dunphy is an ardent Evangelical who envisions himself as acting out God’s will when he assassinates an abortion provider in his small Ohio town while Augustus Voorhees, the idealistic doctor who is killed, leaves behind a wife and children scarred and embittered by grief.

In her moving, insightful portrait, Joyce Carol Oates fully inhabits the perspectives of two interwoven families whose destinies are defined by their warring convictions and squarely-but with great empathy-confronts an intractable, abiding rift in American society. 

A Book of American Martyrs is a stunning, timely depiction of an issue hotly debated on a national stage but which makes itself felt most lastingly in communities torn apart by violence and hatred.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“In this moving attempt to tell the story in an all-encompassing and objective way, narrators Neil Hellegers, Tavia Gilbert, and Kirsten Potter portray intertwined families as they cope with the assassination. A remorseful tone permeates the ensemble narration, especially in the portrayals of both main characters…[as] they personify one of our nation’s most polarizing issues.” AudioFile
“Oates’ American saga captivates because it exists within an actual drama playing out across the country…Martyrs is a graceful and excruciating story of two families who do not live very far apart but exist in different realities. ” USA Today (4 stars)
“The most relevant book of Oates’ half-century-long career, a powerful reminder that fiction can be as timely as this morning’s tweets but infinitely more illuminating.” Washington Post
“Successful because [Oates] refuses to satirize or dehumanize anyone, even murderous foes of abortion.” Los Angeles Times
“A timely tale of two divided American families and their respective journeys through the grief of losing fathers, sons, and husbands.” Library Journal (starred review)
“Robust, relentless, inquisitive, and astutely balanced…Oates portrays with unfailing nuance two troubled men on the opposite sides of the ever-fraught abortion-rights debate.” Booklist (starred review)
“Oates masterfully renders tension and despair.” Kirkus Reviews
“Chilling…Presents a sensitively painted portrait of the inextricable quality of grief and the weight of family legacy.” Publishers Weekly

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Author Bio: Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, among other major awards. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978. In 2003 she received the Common Wealth Award for Distinguished Service in Literature and the Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement, and in 2006 she received the Chicago Tribune Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 24.73
Audience: Adult
Language: English