Alma looks as if she’s been scribbled on by an angry child. A web of tattoos covers her hands, a moth-shaped stain mars her face. Meanwhile, Joshua Seigl’s torment is interior: A one-hit literary sensation (he wrote an acclaimed Holocaust novel based on his family’s experience), Seigl now doubts his abilities, first mental, then physical – an unnamed disease is disabling him. The undereducated, discarded girl goes to work for the overeducated, celebrated man. The situation has deadly potential: Beneath her docile demeanor, Alma’s a venomous anti-Semite. Oates takes a tricky look at the nature of hate and its sources –envy, rejection, love. Written from both Seigl’s and Alma’s perspectives, The Tattooed Girl is a complicated, sometimes sweet story rife with misunderstandings and missteps, unintended hurts and deliberate forgiveness. It will leave a mark.
The Tattooed GirlAlma looks as if she's been scribbled on by an angry child. A web of tattoos covers her hands, a moth-shaped stain mars her face. Meanwhile, Joshua Seigl...The Tattooed GirlFictionJoyce Carol OatesAlma looks as if she's been scribbled on by an angry child. A web of tattoos covers her hands, a moth-shaped stain mars her face. Meanwhile, Joshua Seigl...2003-06-20Ecco Press
Genre: Fiction; Author: Joyce Carol Oates; Publisher: Ecco Press
Posted June 20 2003 — 12:00 AM EDT
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