Rape: A Love Story Forgive the incendiary title of Rape: A Love Story ; Joyce Carol Oates can't help herself. Twelve-year-old Bethie Maguire loves policeman John Dromoor. He's the… Rape: A Love Story Forgive the incendiary title of Rape: A Love Story ; Joyce Carol Oates can't help herself. Twelve-year-old Bethie Maguire loves policeman John Dromoor. He's the… Fiction Carroll & Graf
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Rape: A Love Story (2014)

Rape: A Love Story | 'LOVE' AMONG THE RUINS A girl becomes infatuated with a policeman in the haunting ''Rape''
'LOVE' AMONG THE RUINS A girl becomes infatuated with a policeman in the haunting ''Rape''
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Writer: Joyce Carol Oates; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Carroll & Graf

Forgive the incendiary title of Rape: A Love Story; Joyce Carol Oates can't help herself. Twelve-year-old Bethie Maguire loves policeman John Dromoor. He's the first cop on scene after Bethie's mother is gang-raped in a boathouse, as Bethie listens, trapped in a hiding place behind canoes. Maybe Dromoor can make things safe again. Oates tells her tale in second and third person, flowing through Bethie's panic, Dromoor's cool anger, the cramped malice of the rapists. Her frank, calm writing has a dazing effect, which makes the narrative bumps even more disquieting: ''It's a game.... They let your mother break free, run barefoot and stumbling in the grass, then catch her. Three of them like drunken dancers.'' Vintage Oates, ''Rape'' is disturbing, stunning, and bitter-bittersweet.

Originally posted Jan 06, 2004 Published in issue #745 Jan 09, 2004 Order article reprints
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