audrey_e (audrey_e) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

5: Foxfire

Originally posted by audrey_e at Book 5: Foxfire
5 FOXFIRE Joyce Carol Oates (USA, 1993)

In 1950s New York, a gang of underprivileged girls decides to take their revenge upon men and capitalism.

Foxfire has a lot in common with Jefferey Eugenides' The Virgin Suicides, as it deals with memory (the unreliable narrator of Foxfire writes the confessions of the gang years after the facts) and femininity. But Oates novel is far more violent.

The style of the narrator is not the one of a professional writer who knows where she is going with the story. Oates uses stream of consciousness to create an amateur voice that is not fully aware of the lyrical quality of her own work. The result is stunning, and perfectly captures the essence of memory, and the way imagination and truth intertwine.

Beyond the style's beauty, I was instantly drawn into the gang's violent and yet spiritual world, the friendships, rivalries, crushes and overall intensity of a teenager's life. Oates makes you feel like you're part of the group long before their story comes to an end.

Tags: bildungsroman/coming of age

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