New York Times bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates returns with a novel that illuminates the tragic impact of sexual violence, racism, brutality, and power on innocent lives
When a fourteen-year-old girl is the alleged victim of a terrible act of racial violence, the incident shocks and galvanizes her community, exacerbating the racial tension that has been simmering in this New Jersey town for decades. In this magisterial work of fiction, Joyce Carol Oates explores the uneasy fault lines in a racially troubled society. In such a tense, charged atmosphere, Oates reveals that there are inevitably things lost innocence, truth, trust, and, ultimately, lives. Unfolding in a succession of multiracial voices, in a place transfixed by this alleged crime and the spectacle unfolding around it, this profound novel exposes what and who the "sacrifice" actually is, and what consequences these kinds of events hold for us all."