Joyce Carol Oates s Wonderland Quartet comprises four remarkable novels that explore social class in America and the inner lives of young Americans. In "e;A Garden of Earthly Delights,"e; Oates presents one of her most memorable heroines, Clara Walpole, the beautiful daughter of Kentucky-born migrant farmworkers. Desperate to rise above her haphazard existence of violence and poverty, determined not to repeat her mother s life, Clara struggles for independence by way of her relationships with four very different men: her father, a family man turned itinerant laborer, smoldering with resentment; the mysterious Lowry, who rescues Clara as a teenager and offers her the possibility of love; Revere, a wealthy landowner who provides Clara with stability; and Swan, Clara s son, who bears the psychological and spiritual burden of his mother s ambition.
A masterly work from a writer with the uncanny ability to give us a cinemascopic vision of her America ("e;National Review"e;), "e;A Garden of Earthly Delights "e;is the opening stanza in what would become one of the most powerful and engrossing story arcs in literature.
"e;A Garden of Earthly Delights"e; is the first novel in the Wonderland Quartet. The books that complete this acclaimed series, "e;Expensive People,"e; "e; them, "e; and "e;Wonderland,"e; are also available from the Modern Library."e;
A Garden of Earthly Delights
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