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576 pages
Product Description
<blockquote><p><em>New York Times</em> bestselling author of <em>The Falls</em>, <em>Blonde</em>, and <em>We Were the Mulvaneys</em>, Joyce Carol Oates returns with a dark, wry, satirical tale—inspired by an unsolved American true-crime mystery.</p></blockquote><p>"Dysfunctional families are all alike. Ditto 'survivors.'"</p><p>So begins the unexpurgated first-person narrative of nineteen-year-old Skyler Rampike, the only surviving child of an "infamous" American family. A decade ago the Rampikes were destroyed 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 Skyler's own lost childhood; and part corrosively funny exposé of the pretensions of upper-middle-class American suburbia, this captivating novel explores with unexpected sympathy and subtlety the intimate lives of those who dwell in Tabloid Hell.</p><p>Likely to be Joyce Carol Oates's most controversial novel to date, as well as her most boldly satirical, this unconventional work of fiction is sure to be recognized as a classic exploration of the tragic interface between private life and the perilous life of "celebrity." In <em>My Sister, My Love: The Intimate Story of Skyler Rampike</em>, the incomparable Oates once again mines the depths of the sinister yet comic malaise at the heart of our contemporary culture.</p>