The Falls

The Falls

Audiobook CD - 2004
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A man climbs over the railings and plunges into Niagara Falls. A newlywed, he has left behind his wife, Ariah Erskine, in the honeymoon suite the morning after their wedding. "The Widow Bride of The Falls," as Ariah comes to be known, begins a relentless, seven-day vigil in the mist, waiting for his body to be found. At her side throughout, confirmed bachelor and pillar of the community Dirk Burnaby is unexpectedly transfixed by the strange, otherworldly gaze of this plain, strange woman, falling in love with her though they barely exchange a word. What follows is their passionate love affair, marriage, and children -- a seemingly perfect existence.

But the tragedy by which their life together began shadows them, damaging their idyll with distrust, greed, and even murder. What unfurls is a drama of parents and their children; of secrets and sins; of lawsuits, murder and eventually redemption.

Set against the mythic historic backdrop of Niagara Falls, Joyce Carol Oates explores the American family in crisis, but also America itself in the mid-twentieth century. The Falls is a love story gone wrong and righted and it alone places Joyce Carol Oates definitively in the company of the great American novelists.

Performed by Anna Fields

Publisher: [New York?] : Harper Audio, p2004.
ISBN: 9780060741884
Branch Call Number: OATES
Characteristics: 15 sound discs (18 hrs.) : digital.
Additional Contributors: Fields, Anna


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tootsierollpop Jan 26, 2012

Am I the only one who thinks JCO writes whiny, neurotic and irritating characters? I just want to yell "shape up! get over yourself! quit whining! grow up!" None of the characters is especially sympathetic.

I cannot recommend her books at all. I read "The Falls" all the way through and tried to get through "The Gravedigger's Daughter" but my take on both books is the same...too much whining.

This was made worse by the dramatic interpretation given to it by the reader. She made a worse thing worser.

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