My Sister, My Love: The Intimate Story of Skyler Rampike (Paperback)

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“Joyce Carol Oates' latest novel takes our tabloid-obsessed culture and turns it on its head. Skyler Rampike tells the story of the murder of his sister, Bliss, and the media frenzy that followed. His perspective is unique, but the story is universal. Nothing short of spectacular.”
— Katie Glasgow, Mitchell Books, Fort Wayne, IN

Description


Herein is the unexpurgated first-person narrative of nineteen-year-old Skyler Rampike, the only surviving child of an "infamous" American family destroyed a decade ago by the murder of Skyler's six-year-old ice-skating champion sister, Bliss, and the media scrutiny that followed. Part investigation into the unsolved murder, part elegy for the lost Bliss and for his own lost childhood, Skyler's narrative is an alternately harrowing and corrosively funny expose of upper-middle-class American pretensions--and an unexpectedly subtle and sympathetic exploration of those who dwell in "Tabloid Hell.

About the Author


Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. Her bestselling novels include "We Were the Mulvaneys" and "Blonde".

Praise For…


“Employing her powerful imagination, the gifted Oates gets inside her fictional characters’ tormented souls to solve the case…as a literary exercise, it deserves a rave…she brilliantly depicts status-obsessed parents who alternately push and ignore their deeply unhappy children.”
-USA Today

“Oates is in top form as she creates a narrative voice that is bitter and humorous yet sympathetic, building to a dramatic and satisfying resolution.”
-Library Journal

“Oates is just a fearless writer…[with] her brave heart and her impossibly lush and dead-on imaginative powers.”
-Los Angeles Times

“Joyce Carol Oates’s uncompromising prose illuminates the stark landscape of our times.”
-Chicago Tribune

“The Gravedigger’s Daughter is Joyce Carol Oates at her very best: mesmerizing, intense and unique in her vision and power.”
-Scott Turow

“…Oates confidently delivers another very American saga of lurid misfortune.”
-Entertainment Weekly

“…This book is easy to admire… my reaction was…“Wow: What a writer.””
-Seattle Times

“…there is much to admire in this bittersweet tale of one woman’s triumph of the will...engaging…”
-New York Times

“…a writer of furious gifts…”
-New Jersey Star Ledger

“Oates’ vivid descriptions fill the senses…what is strong is Oates’ compassionate, disturbing portrayal of life in the troubled war years…”
-USA Today

“There is much to admire in this bittersweet tale of one woman’s triumph of will.”
-Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“Oates’ vivid descriptions fill the senses…what is strong is Oates’ compassionate, disturbing portrayal of life in the troubled war years…”
-Louisville Courier Journal

“…there is much to admire in this bittersweet tale of one woman’s triumph of the will...engaging…”
-Contra Costa Times

“Joyce Carol Oates is one of the great writers of our time.”
-John Gardner

Product Details
ISBN: 9780061547492
ISBN-10: 0061547492
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: June 9th, 2009
Pages: 562
Language: English