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My life as a rat / Joyce Carol Oates.

Oates, Joyce Carol, 1938- author. (Author).
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Available copies

  • 3 of 4 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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0 current holds with 4 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Mahnomen Public Library OAT (Text) 33500013077011 New Available -
Moorhead Public Library OAT (Text) 33500013097266 New Checked out 10/30/2019
Hallock Public Library OAT (Text) 35500006184269 Main Available -
Warroad Public Library OAT (Text) 35500006184277 Main Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780062899835
  • ISBN: 006289983X
  • Physical Description: 402 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.: "Which should prevail: loyalty to family or loyalty to the truth? Is telling the truth ever a mistake and is lying for one's family ever justified? Can one do the right thing, but bitterly regret it? ... My Life as a Rat follows Violet Rue Kerrigan, a young woman who looks back upon her life in exile from her family following her testimony, at age twelve, concerning what she knew to be the racist murder of an African-American boy by her older brothers. In a succession of vividly recalled episodes Violet contemplates the circumstances of her life as the initially beloved youngest child of seven Kerrigan children who inadvertently "informs" on her brothers, setting into motion their arrests and convictions and her own long estrangement."--Publisher description.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 May #1
    On the night a popular high-school student from South Niagara's black neighborhood is murdered, 12-year-old Violet Rue Kerrigan overhears her brothers, Jerr and Lionel, talking about a fight. Realizing that Violet has been eavesdropping, they exact a promise of silence, one that Lionel reinforces by viciously assaulting his sister. Violet cracks under the combined pressures of secrecy, violence, and the relentless tension of living in a household where her parents' approval is always sought, rarely given. She unburdens herself to a teacher, leading to her brothers' arrest and the intervention from Child Protective Services, which sends Violet to live with relatives in another city. But Violet is far from safe, and her vulnerability renders her the perfect prey for pedophiles at home and school and at the mercy of domineering men for the rest of her life. Oates' frequent themes of exile, predators and their victims, racial conflicts, and gender violence coalesce in this psychologically and socially complex portrait of a young woman's struggle as she loses her family but finds herself. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Betrayal > Fiction.
Life change events > Fiction.
Reflection (Philosophy) > Fiction.
Alienation (Social psychology) > Fiction.
Families > Fiction.
Murder > Fiction.
Self-realization in women > Fiction.
Genre: Domestic fiction.
Psychological fiction.

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