Confessions of A Girl Gang

Book - 1993
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The time is the 1950s. The place is a blue-collar town in upstate New York, where five high school girls are joined in a gang dedicated to pride, power, and vengeance on a world that seems made to denigrate and destroy them. Foxfire is Joyce Carol Oates's strongest and most unsparing novel yet-an always engrossing, often shocking evocation of female rage, gallantry, and grit. Here is the secret history of a sisterhood of blood, a haven from a world of male oppressors, marked by a liberating fury that burns too hot to last. Above all, it is the story of Legs Sadovsky, with her lean, on-the-edge, icy beauty, whose nerve, muscle, hate, and hurt make her the spark of Foxfire, its guiding spirit, its burning core. At once brutal and lyrical, this is a careening joyride of a novel-charged with outlaw energy and lit by intense emotion. Amid scenes of violence and vengeance lies this novel's greatest power: the exquisite, astonishing rendering of the bonds that link the Foxfire girls together. Foxfire reaffirms Joyce Carol Oates's place at the very summit of American writing.
Publisher: New York : Dutton, 1993.
ISBN: 9780525936329
Characteristics: 328 p. ; 24 cm.


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Jane60201 Dec 05, 2013

Good psychological fiction and an interesting topic but the writing wasn't as compelling as I would have hoped for Joyce Carol Oates.

brianreynolds Aug 22, 2012

In the tradition of Robin Hood Joyce Carol Oates’ Foxfire describes a saintly outlaw’s heroic quest for justice and equality against odds that are overwhelming. Delightfully modern in its prose, Oates creates a female teenage Shane who rides into a fictional upstate New York metropolis to rescue gender-oppressed women, redistribute wealth, and inspire hope among youth before she disappears in a sunset made more resplendent by her passing. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. Yes, there is even a young girl standing at the roadside crying, “Don’t go, Legs. Don’t go” as the dust settles. Is Foxfire grittier, grimier, gutsier that its Sherwoodian-Westernian predicessors? One would hope so since it belongs to us, to a world where toting firearms has become--even in Canada--a “right,” and the motiveless mass slaying of innocent humans seems to have become a weekly fact of our lives.

Twoey Gray
Jan 03, 2011

Hard to put down!

johnsonl Nov 16, 2010

Great book. Had to read it for school but actually enjoyed it. It has an easy-to-read but engaging and different writing style. The story will have you cheering for the characters and then cursing some of their decisions! I have read it 3 or 4 times!


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