The Gravedigger's Daughter Joyce Carol Oates holds the patent on searing tales of battered women struggling to overcome tough circumstances. In The Gravedigger's Daughter , she gives us… 2007-05-29 Fiction Ecco Press
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The Gravedigger's Daughter (2007)

FAMILY PLOT Oates tells the tale of a child of Holocaust survivors dealing with emotional upheaval in Daughter
FAMILY PLOT Oates tells the tale of a child of Holocaust survivors dealing with emotional upheaval in Daughter

Details Release Date: May 29, 2007; Writer: Joyce Carol Oates; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Ecco Press

Joyce Carol Oates holds the patent on searing tales of battered women struggling to overcome tough circumstances. In The Gravedigger's Daughter, she gives us another steely survivor, Rebecca Schwart, the eponymous gravedigger's daughter, whose parents fled Nazi Germany only to meet a grisly, self-inflicted fate in upstate New York. The tale opens in 1959, when Rebecca is disastrously married to an abusive charmer with whom she has a small son. The prose gallops along on a loose rein — perhaps too loose. At 582 pages, the narrative can be slack and repetitive, but Oates confidently delivers another very American saga of lurid misfortune. B+

Originally posted May 22, 2007 Published in issue #936 Jun 01, 2007 Order article reprints