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Night Sleep Death The Stars

Contemporary America through the prism of a family tragedy when a powerful parent dies each of his adult children reacts in startling and unexpected ways and his grieving widow in the most surprising way of allStark and penetrating Since Joyce Carol Oates freuently writes about social and political issues at the heart of American society her fiction can often feel eerily prescient But it s an extraordinary coincidence that in the week preceding the publication of her latest novel NIGHT SLEEP DEATH THE STARS widely publicised real life events would so closely mirror the book s prologue The opening describes an incident where a middle aged white man driving on an upstate New York expressway notices a police confrontation on the side of the road He observes white police officers using excessive force while detaining a young dark skinned man and stops to uestion their actions In response the officers restrain beat and taser the driver The injuries he sustains eventually lead to his death The video of George Floyd a 46 year old black man who died as a result of being brutally restrained by a white police officer in Minneapolis on May 25 2020 has sparked widespread protests and newly motivated the Black Lives Matter movement Public discussions regrading institutionalised racism prejudice and privilege continue These are also the pressing issues at the centre of Oates s epic new novel about a family whose lives unravel as a conseuence of such a tragic event Read my full review of Night Sleep Death The Stars by Joyce Carol Oates on LonesomeReaderYou can also watch me interview Joyce Carol Oates about this novel where she candidly discusses her very personal reasons for writing it

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Joyce Carol Oates’s latest novel is a vivid exploration of race psychological trauma class warfare grief and eventual healing as well as an intimate family novel in the tradition of the author’s bestselling We Were the Mulvaneys In person Joyce Carol Oates JCO has an air almost of detachment looking over your shoulder as if at something or someone interesting over there But in her writing she displays a deep well of empathy in her characters Over her prodigious career she has created enough characters to populate a small town possibly a city and from my recollection no two are alike I ve been reading her for over 40 years and given the amount of novels and short stories that have flowed from her it was still amazing to read Widow her account of her life after the death of her first husband of her profound grief and depiction of a full life spent away from the keyboard When does she find the time to produce such a body of work Now in her 80 s she takes for her title a line from a poem by Walt Whitman when does she have time to read and presents an 800 page masterwork on grief and its effect on a widow and her five adult children Each person is so clearly realized and given such a potent inner life each child thinks they know what s best for the Mom they remember as an adjunct to their beloved father who wasn t such a saint after all In other hands this material could feel bloated and padded but JCO has managed to make every page necessary and while I usually don t find novels of such length intriguing I found this one reuired every step

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The bonds of family are tested in the wake of a profound tragedy providing a look at the darker side of our society by one of our most enduringly popular and important writersNight Sleep Death The Stars is a gripping examination of THIS IS STILL MY FAVORITE BOOK THIS YEARJust released todayVERY HIGH RECOMMENDATION TO THOSE READERS WHO ENJOY A GREAT LONG FAMILY SAGAITS GRIPPING from page 1 with a very thought provoking situation RELEVANT to our current events I read this before these events I say no about the beginningBut my God I LOVE THIS BOOKStrong favorite UPDATEWhew WOWAMAZINGan 800 page novel that I m sad to see endReview to follow in a few days or soI m Back Here it Goes love to chat with other readers who read itThe book cover is gorgeousThe title is inspired by the Walt Whitman poem A Clear Midnight This is thy O Soul thy free flight into the wordlessAway from books away from art the day erased the lesson doneThee fully fourth emerging silent gazing pondering the themes thou lovest best Night Sleep death and the stars Joyce Carol Oat s novel Night Sleep Death The Stars is a great work of artgrandly entertaining bold comic tragic deeply moving family drama It s sharp witty and highly descriptive This novel dissects each family member with a ruthless cutting edge unraveling at the seamsa book well worth reading John Earle McCleannicknamed Whiteywas born in Feb1943 He died in 2010 If only Whitey had livednone of this would have happened Whitey s familyJessalyn wife and the adult kidsThom Beverly Lorene Sophia and Virgil often asked themselves after his death WHAT WOULD DAD SAY As the readerI often asked does it matter Why andor Why not What was obvious The entire McClean experienced great loss after Whitey died Every character had distinct characteristics talents interests strengths weaknesses accomplishments passive and aggressive sides fears concerns worries self doubts opinions and secrets At any given time one or all of the siblings might have kept a tight lid on their emotions or be explosive with them Siblings form alliances with one another that are both permanent and shifting Disagreements disappointments feuds temporary and expedient bonds shared resentments Each character had multi dimensional sides to them An entire novel could be written on any one of the siblings or Jessalyn the widowA complete novel could be written on a few of the minor characters as well A FEWTidbit generalstereotype examples but don t pegged them too harshly as every character may surprise you at some point as specialized chameleons do in this 800 page novel The siblingsBeverlywas resentful judgementaland criticalThom was bossy who s sarcasm could be construed as funny if it wasn t directed at youSophia was the earnest schoolgirlLorenethe sardonic schoolmistressVirgiljust was was also my favorite characterJessalynwanted to be left alone to live her own life make her own choices She certainly didn t want to marry a boring old shoe as a replacement husband And she certainly didn t want her children to dictate her choices She s a woman after my own heart Jessalyn wondered if You re only as happy as your most unhappy child Is this true Jessalyn wonders if it is a statement of resignation and defeat or a goad to action and change If it means you will never be happy if your child of yours is not happy then you must do all you can to ensure that neither of you unhappy Many characters places to sink your teeth into Galapagos is a stand outHugo Martinez photographer artist poet activist adds a lot to this storyMack the Knife Mackey is a Tomcat to loveA GREAT embarrassing scene I was cringing with a sibling a side of coughcough her or he as I m not saying whohad me CRINGING with embarrassmentDid I cry My eyes watered for a minute in one scene One s own existence so small One s grief happiness love or failure to love of so little conseuence Night Sleep DeathThe Stars takes a good hard look at the complex relationships within a familyOats supplied us with a tragic event that sets the stagethat will have the family members and readers not only looking at loss responsibilities to family members marriages boundaries cracks in the foundation of beliefs but she examines race injustice class which for better or worse shape the reality and continuity of our livesDomestic realismLuminous details of every day life and all the riffraff sWith masterful skillsJoyce Carol Oats exposes us to the sobering choices strains of unexpected sorrow unexpected pleasures and rich rewardsI thoroughly loved this bookThank You HarperCollins and Joyce Carol Oats This book will be released on June 9th 2020


10 thoughts on “Night Sleep Death The Stars

  1. says:

    I haven’t read something so good for so long I confess I was scared and my eyes were about to pop out of my sockets as soon as I saw page n

  2. says:

    THIS IS STILL MY FAVORITE BOOK THIS YEARJust released todayVERY HIGH RECOMMENDATION TO THOSE READERS WHO ENJOY A GREAT LONG FAMILY SAGAITS GRIPPING from page 1 with a very thought provoking situation RELEVANT to our current events I read this ‘before’ these events I say no about the beginningBut my God I LOVE THIS BOO

  3. says:

    This was so good Set in Hammond New YorkI was thoroughly caught up inside the lives and minds of this big familya uite weal

  4. says:

    Since Joyce Carol Oates freuently writes about social and political issues at the heart of American society her fiction can often feel eerily prescient But it's an extraordinary coincidence that in the week preceding the publication of her latest novel NIGHT SLEEP DEATH THE STARS widely publicised real life events would so closely mirror the book's prologue The opening describes an incident where a middle aged

  5. says:

    Genre Literary FictionFamily SagaPublisher HarperCollinsPub Date June 9 2020Joyce Carol Oates has long been a fav

  6. says:

    So I started reading this just before the protests started and I was surprised how relevant the subject matter ended up being The initial conflict which takes place in the prologue involves explicit police brutality and has some deva

  7. says:

    Note This is one of the longest reviews I have written in a while It is a plea for the benefits of reading outside one's comfort zone I hope you understand I think it is safe to say that readers are divided into d

  8. says:

    In person Joyce Carol Oates JCO has an air almost of detachment looking over your shoulder as if at something or someone interesting over the

  9. says:

    How ironic that the first chapter of Oates' latest novel is about police brutality A timely subject for our country one that needs to be discussed and solutions found I am disappointed therefore that Oates doesn't use this opportunity to fully address these issues after beginning her novel with that dramatic sce

  10. says:

    NIGHT SLEEP DEATH THE STARSBY JOYCE CAROL OATESA Clear MidnightThis is thy hour O Soul thy free flight into the wordlessAway

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