By Joyce Carol Oates
Ultimately lower back to print in a stunning new exchange paperback version, American Appetites is vintage Joyce Carol Oates—a suspenseful mystery within which the satisfied facade of an prosperous suburban couple crumbles below the burden of tragedy and scandal.
For twenty-six years, Ian McCullough, a demographics researcher at a social technological know-how imagine tank, has been fortunately married to Glynnis, a profitable cookbook author and an excellent hostess.
When a drunken argument a few suspected infidelity turns actual, Ian by accident pushes Glynnis via a plate glass window—or did she fall? Now, Glynnis is lifeless, Ian is charged with homicide, and their American dream is shattered. and shortly, in a court the place guilt and accountability develop into very separate matters, Ian will stand trial, scuffling with for his life.
A subtle, witty, and chilling novel from the incomparable Joyce Carol Oates, American Appetites explores our insatiable starvation for energy, love, and luck, and the way cozy, privileged lives—and the process fate—can be dramatically reworked immediately.
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Tonight, I’m no more resigned to light Than some canary, Its eyes pried open with pins. How come more children Don’t mistake the river for a schoolyard, Dark as it is? Nothing moving but the trains.  And the trees, so quiet. Like towers. Waiting for their snipers to arrive.  T H E F R U S T R AT E D A N G E L The Angel says if I want to be a sucker, that’s my business, But it’s all about service, not servitude—in this world, you Either become a monster or you wait on one. O, Hopler! If only sitting on your hands was heroic!
But the lost car keys, The broken shoelace, The overcharge at the gas pump Which we broach without comment—these are the things that eat away at life, these constant vibrations In the web of the unremarkable. The death of a father—the death of the mother— The sudden loss shocks the living flesh alive! But the broken pair of glasses, The tear in the trousers, These begin an ache behind the eyes. And it’s this ache to which we will ourselves Oblivious. We are oblivious. Then, one morning—there’s a crack in the water glass—we wake to find ourselves undone.
I fear that, like Proserpine—whose husband, Too, was underground—my mother will divided be ’tween A world  Of the living and a world of the dead. And—though her stays in each will be temporary—her loss Will be perpetual. And profound.  THE HOWLING OF THE GODS It was so loud it was so quiet we didn’t sleep we slept. We didn’t dream. We dreamt of panthers and hatpins, orchids and ashbins. There was no moon; no moon was there Ever so magnificent. Even the dogs were mesmerized. Make that: the gods—even the gods were mesmerized.