Them

Them

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Random House, Inc.
Winner of the National Book Award and in print for more than thirty years, them ranks as one of the most masterly portraits of postwar America ever written by a novelist. Including several new pages and text substantially revised and updated by the author, this Modern Library edition is the most current and accurate version available of Oates' seminal work.

A novel about class, race, and the horrific, glassy sparkle of urban life, them chronicles the lives of the Wendalls, a family on the steep edge of poverty in the windy, riotous Detroit slums. Loretta, beautiful and dreamy and full of regret by age sixteen, and her two children, Maureen and Jules, make up Oates' vision of the American fam-ily--broken, marginal, and romantically proud. The novel's title, pointedly uncapitalized, refers to those Americans who inhabit the outskirts of society--men and women, mothers and children--whose lives many authors in the 1960s had left unexamined. Alfred Kazin called her subject "the sheer rich chaos of American life." The Nation wrote, "When Miss Oates' potent, life-gripping imagination and her skill at narrative are conjoined, as they are preeminently in them, she is a prodigious writer."

In addition to the text revisions, this--new edition contains an Afterword by the author and a new Introduction by Greg Johnson, Oates' biographer and the author of two monographs on the work of Joyce Carol Oates.

Baker & Taylor
The members of the Wendall family struggle for thirty years to understand the obscure forces constantly tearing at their lives and happiness.

Blackwell North Amer
A novel about class, race, and the horrific, glassy sparkle of urban life, Them chronicles the lives of the Wendalls, a family on the steep edge of poverty in the windy, riotous Detroit slums. Loretta, beautiful and dreamy and full of regret by age sixteen, and her two children, Maureen and Jules, make up Oates' vision of the American family - broken, marginal, and romantically proud. The novel's title refers to those Americans who inhabit the outskirts of society - men and women, mothers and children - whose lives many authors in the 1960s had left unexamined.

Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 2000
Edition: 2000 Modern Library ed
ISBN: 9780679640257
0679640258
Branch Call Number: FICTION OATES
Characteristics: xxiv, 546 p. ; 19 cm

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mwojewodzki
Apr 17, 2016

Probably one of the most evocative books about the 60's and the social upheaval of that time. Re-read it now and see the roots of today's movements.

patienceandfortitude Dec 15, 2014

I found the characters in the book to be unbelievable and it annoyed me that they were presented without a shred of compassion or heart from Oates. The only part of the book I found authentic was the letter that Maureen writes to Oates telling her how completely unsympathetic she is. Sadly, I agree.

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GrumpyDave
Dec 06, 2010

1970 National Book Award - Fiction

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