Carthage, by Joyce Carol Oates, is a crazy story of a seemingly perfect, public family gone awry. When the oldest daughter’s engagement to a PTSD stricken Iraqi veteran ends, it seems like the family will be able to recover. Until the younger daughter goes missing.

She was last seen with the ex-fiance who was later found drunk in his car and blood stains in the passenger seat. Due to his heavy medication and his use of alcohol, he remembers nothing of the last evening. The whole search for the daughter and the conviction of the vet tears the family apart.

It seems like a sad family ending but we’re only halfway through the book. The twist is sad and strange and changes the whole perception of the perfect family.

Great, slow read.

Read October 2016


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